About the festival:

The Munster Literature Centre


In 2000, the Munster Literature Centre organised the first Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival, an event dedicated to the celebration of the short story and named for one of Cork's most beloved authors. The festival showcases readings, literary forums and workshops. Following continued growth and additional funding, the Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award was introduced in 2005, coinciding with Cork's designation as that year's European Capital of Culture. The award was recognised as the single biggest prize for a short story collection in the world. While the O'Connor Award was discontinued in 2016, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship was introduced in its place. The Fellowship aims to bring a talented and accomplished international writer to Cork in order to present fresh learning opportunities to local writers, bringing new energy to the local literary scene.

In 2002, the Munster Literature Centre introduced the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize, an annual short story competition dedicated to one of Ireland's most accomplished story writers and theorists. This too is presented during the short story festival. The centre also hosts the Cork Spring Poetry Festival each year.







2016 Festival News

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Shauna MackayAnnouncing the winners of the 2016 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition! Visit our "Awards" page for more information. Prize-giving event at Cork Central Library, 4pm, 9th September. Free to attend.




Neil Jordan

Free gift with All-Festival Pass purchase!




Tickets are now on sale at our website, each event only costing €5 per person. For those who can't get enough of the great fiction on offer, our All-Festival Pass is only €55! PLUS the first thirty customers to buy an All-Festival Pass will receive a complimentary copy of Neil Jordan's award winning short story collection: Night in Tunisia.





New writing class announced
for emerging writers


Alan Heathcock will be teaching a writing class for writers of all levels entitled "Five Things You Absolutely Positively Must Do To Write A Great Story". For more information, visit our Workshops page.

(N.B.! Only TWO spaces remain in Zsuzsi Gartner's masterclass 'The DNA of Short Fiction'!)





Confirmed readers
for the September Festival!


We're delighted to announce that the following writers have confirmed they will be able to attend the Cork International Short Story Festival in September: Roisín O’Donnell, Joanna Walsh, Irina Kovalyova, Sarah Selecky, Gerard Woodward, Alan Heathcock, Donal Ryan, Sean O'Brien, Lucy Caldwell, David Park, Stephanie Victoire, Zsuzsi Gartner, John Boyne, Polly Samson and Arlene Heyman. More names to be announced later!




Firkin Crane

Venue and dates announced for the 2016 festival.




The Cork International Short Story Festival is to have a new home in 2016 at the Firkin Crane Theatre in the historic Shandon area in Cork. The dates of the festival this year are Wednesday 7 September to Sunday 11 September.






Frank O'Connor AwardFrank O'Connor International Short Story Award discontinued in 2016; New short story opportunity to be announced!



The Munster Literature regrets to announce that the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is to be discontinued this year. The award was established in 2005 in an effort to increase the profile of the short story form on the literary scene, and to reward those who were judged to have written the best collection of stories that year. Serving our ethos of innovation and development, The Munster Literature Centre will soon announce a new opportunity in the world of short story writing. This new programme will be aimed at bringing accomplished international writers in contact with new and emerging Irish short story writers. Keep an eye on this website and social media for news!