The Seán Ó'Faoláin International Short Story Competition

The Seán Ó Faoláin Internatinal Short Story Competition, established in 2003, is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world. Submissions are accepted from May to July annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, and sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre. As well as a first prize of €2000, a week-long residency at Anam Cara Retreat, and publication in the literary journal Southword, if the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we lavish them with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival.

Announcing the winner of the 2018 Sean O'Faolain International Short Story Competition

1st Prize:
How to Pass by Louise Crimmins (Boston, USA)

Louise Crimmins was born in, and still lives near, Boston, Massachusetts. She has studied creative writing at Vermont College and has attended the Emerson College/Ploughshares International Writing Seminar in Castle Well, the Netherlands. In the spring of 2018, Louise participated in a 10-week Master Fiction Class at GrubStreet, Boston’s premier writing center, during which time this story was written.




2nd Prize:
Find Yourself Here by R.S. Wynn (Maine, USA)

Shortlisted stories:
Someone Else's Problem by Kevin Connelly (Wexford, Ireland)
The Dogs by Emma Hutton (London, England)
Year of Sleep by Emily O'Grady (Brisbane, Australia)
A Little Salt by Yvonne Lisa Singh (Kent, England)

These stories will be published in issue 36 of Southword: New International Writing.

We are looking forward to having Louise read her winning story at the Cork International Short Story Festival on  Friday September 14th.

The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship

This 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.

Applications for the 2019 Fellowship are open until December 31st 2018.

The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Mentorship Bursaries

Two Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursaries consisting of fees-free mentoring by the Frank O’Connor International Fellow are available yearly. Eligible applicants must be resident in Cork city or county and contributing to the literary life of the Cork. There is a minimum requirement of one fiction periodical publication credit. There is no upper limit of qualification – any qualified Cork writer who considers themselves capable of benefiting from the Fellowship mentoring relationship may apply (except writers employed by the Munster Literature Centre or The School of English UCC). A shortlist of as many as six candidates are selected by the MLC’s Artistic Director and forwarded to the fellow who then selects the two successful candidates.

Applications will reopen in 2019.