Welcome to the Munster Literature Centre submissions manager.

You'll find information below about Southword Journal,

Southword Literary Journal

Southword Journal is a print 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.   Unsolicited submissions of poetry and short fiction are considered between mid-January and March 30th each year for our Autumn issue.  Our Spring issue is composed of prizewinning and shortlisted entries from our Gregory O'Donoghue and Sean O'Faolain competitions. 

Southword  pays contributors €50 per poem and €150 per short story. Payment to    writers within the Republic of Ireland is made by cheque. Writers abroad  must   accept payment through Paypal.

To read online 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 poet Sandra Beasley is the 2019 John Montague International Poetry Fellow. The fellowship is very kindly funded by University College Cork and an initiative of the Munster Literature Centre. There is the opportunity for two Cork poets to be mentored by Ms. Beasley between February and April of this year. Each poet will benefit from a weekly two-hour contact session with Ms Beasley over eight weeks. 

To qualify you must be a poet resident in Cork City or resident in County Cork and engaging with the literary community of the city. You must have had at least four poems published in reputable literary journals. The mentorship is also open to authors with no more than one full-length collection 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 Beasley. (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 five poems in total.

Ms Beasley will choose the successful mentees from all valid applications received.

Deadline for applications is January 13th 2019.

Successful candidates will need to pay a deposit of €100, refundable upon completion of the mentorship and the submission of a written report of 300 words.

This is your opportunity to apply for one of five reading slots available at the Poetry Introductions reading at 2.30pm on Friday March 22nd 2019, part of the Cork International Poetry Festival. You must be an Irish poet with no poetry chapbook or full collection published.  Applicants should have published at least one poem in each of two different poetry magazines. Submit three poems attached as one file. There is a €5 reading fee.


All monies raised by this fee will go to the Cork International Poetry Festival which is produced by the Munster Literature Centre, a registered charity.

The Frank  O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship

The Munster Literature Centre calls for applications for 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 €2500, totalling €7,500 and self-catering  accommodation. Economy flights between the author's country of residence and Cork will 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 will provide  a 5-credit workshop with the creative writing department of University College Cork. Their mentoring duties will consist of devoting two hours each, per week, to two Cork writers over eight weeks (32 hours total).  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 up to a dozen 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, the head of creative writing at the School of English at University College Cork  and an Irish writer who is a member of Aosdana. 

Deadline for  applications for the Autumn 2019 fellowship is January 31st 2019. The successful fellow will be  informed by the end of April. Replies to applicants will be made through submittable.

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