Ends on July 31, 2018

The John Montague International Poetry Fellowship

The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to  announce an initiative aimed at benefiting poets: The John Montague International Poetry Fellowship. The fellowship  is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of University College Cork. The fellowship acknowledges the special place of poetry in the cultural history and contemporary practice of Cork City. The Munster Literature Centre hosts the largest annual poetry festival in Ireland.

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 to acquire experience in literary mentoring and the teaching of 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 €2000, totalling €6,000 and self-catering  accommodation. The costs of travel to and from Cork would also be  covered.

Duties of the  fellowship

The fellowship requires the poet to reside in Cork for  twelve weeks and find time to work on their own writing. The poetry fellow would arrive in late January and depart late April. The fellow would contribute a public reading and a four-morning poetry masterclass to the Cork International Poetry Festival.  During their twelve week stay they would provide  a 5-credit workshop with the creative writing department of University College Cork. Their mentoring duties would consist of devoting two hours each, per week, to two Cork poets over eight weeks (32 hours total). They will  be welcomed into the literary and 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 poet from outside Ireland of international standing. 

Fellowship applications are invited from poets working in English from outside Ireland.

The Poetry Fellow must have at least two full-length collections of poetry published. The successful candidate will be a poet respected by peers and preferably has 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 poetry masterclass aimed at poets who have already been successfully published in  periodicals. The masterclass is to take place on four consecutive mornings of the Cork International Poetry Festival involving  the same group each day. The dates for the 2018 festival are March 27th to 30th. Shortisted poets 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. Four to six candidates will then be selected for interview. 


Deadline for  applications for the Spring 2019 fellowship is July 31st 2018. Interviews should take place in late September. 


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