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.



American author Marie Helene-Bertino is the 2017 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow. The fellowship is very kindly funded by Cork City Council and an initiative of the Munster Literature Centre. There is the opportunity for two Cork fiction writers to be mentored by Ms. Bertino during October and November of this year. Each author will benefit from a weekly two-hour contact session with Ms. Bertino over eight weeks. 

To qualify you must be a writer resident in Cork City or resident in County Cork and engaging with the literary community of the city. You must have had at least one short story published in a reputable literary journal. The mentorship is also open to authors with books already published who believe they can benefit from this opportunity.

Applicants should submit a single Word document divided into the following subheadings:

1) a letter outlining where you are currently with your writing and how you hope to benefit from a mentorship with Ms. Bertino. (maximum 500 words) 

2) your literary resume (listing your publications/workshops attended/prizes/public readings etc.)    

3) sample/samples of your own writing not exceeding 6000 words in total.

The successful applicants will be chosen by Ms. Bertino.

Deadline for applications is May 29th 2017.
Applications are invited from Munster-resident poets (with at least one collection published and no more than two) who would like to be mentored by Matthew Sweeney while working towards their next collection. The successful candidate will meet the Matthew for six sessions. The first five two-hour sessions will be devoted to assessing batches of poems building towards your next book. The sixth session will be devoted to the overall shape of your manuscript. Mentoring sessions can take place at the Munster Literature Centre or at a location mutually agreeable to the Mentor & Mentee.  Submit 10 poems from your manuscript in progress, a literary cv and a note outlining how you believe you can benefit from this opportunity.
This mentorship is made possible through funding by Words Ireland.