Welcome to the Munster Literature Centre submissions manager.

You'll find information below about Southword Journal, as well as the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship.

The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship

The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce the establishment of a new initiative aimed at benefiting short story writers: The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship. The fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of Cork City Council (The municipal government). The fellowship follows on from the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and further demonstrates the commitment of the Munster Literature Centre and Cork City Council to the international short story community. Named for one of Cork’s most renowned writers it acknowledges the special place the short story form occupies in the cultural history and contemporary practice of the city. We will open for applications on 1 April 2016. Deadline for applications for the Autumn 2017 fellowship is September 30th 2016. The successful fellow will be informed by the middle of December. The long lead-in time is in order to allow high calibre candidates with regular commitments to apply. A full description of the benefits and duties of the fellowship, along with submission guidelines, will be made available here on 1 April.

Fiction mentorship bursaries for Cork City and County residents

There will be available two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries which consist of fees-free mentoring by the Frank O’Connor International Fellow. Eligible applicants must be resident in the city or resident in the county and contributing to the literary life of the city. Minimum requirements must be one fiction periodical publication credits. There will be no upper limit of qualification – any qualified Cork writer who considers themselves capable of benefiting from the Fellowship mentoring relationship may apply. Exceptions being writers employed by the Munster Literature Centre or The School of English UCC, who may not apply.  A short list of as many as six candidates will be selected by the MLC’s Artistic Director and forwarded to the fellow who will select the two successful candidates. The application process deadline is 29 May 2016.

Southword Literary Journal

Southword Journal is the literary journal published at least twice yearly by The Munster Literature Centre. Southword has published the likes of Medbh McGuckian, Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Tess Gallagher, Colm Toibín and Vona Groarke. Poems and prose (in English and Irish) are considered between mid-January and March 15th each year for our summer issue. Poems in English are considered between July and September 15th for our winter issue; poetry, prose and literary criticism in Irish is also accepted during this time. From May through July, fiction writers may submit their work to the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition, the winners of which will be published in Southword Journal.

Because Southword writers are paid, the amount of articles, poems etc. published is limited by budget. The managing editor has a large panel of reviewers to draw on and cannot consider unsolicited reviews. Publishers should take note that Southword’s limited review space is almost exclusively reserved for books by Munster-born and resident authors and books by other authors cannot be considered. We also regret we cannot guarantee to publish reviews of all Munster-interest books submitted. Munster authors who would like to be reviewed in Southword can email a query letter to reviews editor Patrick Cotter at director(AT)munsterlit.ie . Please do not send in your book until asked to by the editor.

Southword pays contributors €30 per poem and €120 per short story. Payment to writers within the Republic of Ireland is made by cheque. Writers abroad must accept payment through Paypal.

To read back issues for free, please visit Southword Journal at: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/issues_index.html

To purchase early paperback issues of Southword Journal (#1 - #15) please visit our online bookstore: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Bookstore.html

To learn more about the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, running in late autumn, visit http://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html

To learn more about the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, running in spring/summer, visit http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html

Questions/troubleshooting on using Submittable system can be resolved by e-mail (support@submittable.com) or by phone: (001) 855.467.8264.

1. All manuscripts must be submitted via Submittable in the appropriate categories, during open reading times only. Submissions are no longer accepted by post, as Southword is now an online journal.

2. Work should be submitted in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf. There is a strict submission limit of 6 poems per person.

3. If submitting poems and prose simultaneously they will be considered by different editors at different times, so to be sure of a response please submit separately, via the appropriate Submittable category.

4. When Submittable prompts you to type a 'cover letter', please include an up-to-date biographical note and contact details including an email address. Nb: Works of translation where the original author is still in copyright will require the bios of both the original author and the translator. On the Southword Journal contents page, the poem will be listed under the name of the original author, and the translator will be credited on the poem's page itself.

5. Poems are considered between January and March 15th each year for our summer issue, and between early July and September 15th for our winter issue. PLEASE NOTE after the close of the submission date the editors will make a selection. Submittable will notify you as to the success of your submission. Due to the large volume of submissions received, the editor may take up to 10 weeks after the submission deadline to make their decision.

5. Authors are paid €30 per poem published in Southword Journal. If the writer lives outside of Ireland, they will be paid by Paypal. (Information on how to set up a Paypal account: http://www.paypal.com ).

6. We would strongly recommend attaching each poem as a separate document, up to the limit of six. This enables you to withdraw individual poems if they are accepted elsewhere for publication. If a writer includes multiple poems within one document, and needs to withdraw one of them, they will need to go through the submission process again to omit the relevant poem. Requests to edit documents will not be possible after the submission deadline.

Any questions regarding these guidelines can be sent to the administrator at info(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie.