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.









Festival Venues




Venue for evening / weekend events

Firkin CraneFirkin Crane Theatre
+21 450 7487



Venue for selected afternoon readings

Cork Central LibraryCork Central Library
Grand Parade
+21 492 4900



Venue for Wednesday evening events
and writing workshops

Nano Nagle Place

Nano Nagle Place,
Douglas Street,
+21 419 3580



Festival Office

The Munster Literature Centre

The Munster Literature Centre
84 Douglas Street
+21 431 2955