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.







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Bret Anthony Johnston

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Bret Anthony Johnston will not be able to travel to the Cork International Short Story Festival this year. The final reading of the festival will instead be a solo event with American writer David Means.





Tickets on sale now!



Treat yourself to four days in literary heaven with readings, panel discussions, writing workshops and more at the Cork International Short Story Festival. Featured readers include Claire Keegan, Carlo Gébler, Alannah Hopkin, Bret Anthony Johnston, David Means, Danielle McLaughlin, June Caldwell and many many more from Ireland and abroad. Buy tickets here.





Writing workshops & masterclasses
to unleash your literary genius.


Marie-Helene Bertino will be teaching a four day workshop featuring topics such as craft, structure, breaking the rules, and developing characters. Writing prompts will help further students' experience daily.

Claire Keegan will be holding a masterclass, suitable for writers at any level, looking at time, desire, the paragraph, scenes, trouble and loss. Benefit from a fiction master's insight and wisdom in this four day session.

For more information on how to register, visit our Workshops page.