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.



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.

Benefits of the fellowship to the successful writer

The successful fellow would benefit from the prestige of receiving a highly competitive international literary award which will not only allow the candidate to spend time concentrating on their own work but also acquiring more experience in literary mentoring and teaching writing in an academic context. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be inspired by living in one of Europe’s oldest cities with a well-developed cultural infrastructure and a thriving literary community. The successful fellow would receive a monthly stipend of €3,000, totalling €9,000 and self-catering accommodation. The costs of travel to and from Cork would also be covered.

Duties of the fellowship

The fellowship requires the writer to reside in Cork for twelve weeks and find time to work on their own writing. The short story fellow would arrive in September when they would contribute a public reading and a four-morning short story masterclass to the Cork International Short Story Festival. During their twelve week stay they would provide six contact hours a week over eight weeks involving two hours with the creative writing department of University College Cork and two hours each mentoring two Cork writers. They will be welcomed into the literary social life of the city where they will have the opportunity to network with resident established writers. They would present a farewell public reading at the Boole Library of University College Cork.

Criteria for Selection

The recipient would be a writer from outside Ireland of international standing.

Fellowship applications are invited from writers working in English from outside Ireland. Writers who work in another language whose work is freely available in English translation and who are fluent in English themselves are also welcome to apply.

The Short Story Fellow must have at least two full-length works of fiction published, of which at least one must be a short story collection. The successful candidate will be a writer respected by peers with experience in the coaching or teaching of other writers either through workshops and/or mentoring inside or outside a formal academic setting.

Submission Guidelines

Candidates must supply through Submittable a single Word document consisting of a literary CV, a letter explaining why they want to work in Cork, and a course outline for a four morning short story masterclass aimed at writers who already have periodical publication success. The masterclass is to take place on four consecutive mornings of the Cork International Short Story Festival involving the same group each day. Shortisted authors may subsequently need to supply copies of their books and submit to interview by Skype. 

Process of Selection

A shortlist of between a dozen and twenty candidates will be selected by the Artistic Director of the Munster Literature Centre and subsequently assessed by a panel consisting of the Artistic Director of the Munster Literature Centre, a lecturer from the School of English at University College Cork and an Irish writer who is a member of Aosdana.


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.