The Seán Ó Faoláin Competition

The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition for 2012

The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, a prize for a single short story (in English), is currently open for submissions to writers of any nationality. If the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we will lavish them with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (September 2012). They will also be published in Southword Literary Journal, which has previously showcased Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Mary O'Donnell, Ethel Rohan, Colm Tóibín, Shannon Cain and D.W. Wilson amongst many other respected writers. First Prize: €2,000 (*approx $2690.82/ £1685.27), publication in the literary journal Southword, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat.Second Prize: €500 and publication in Southword. Four other shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120.

Submission deadline: 31 July, 2012. Judge: Ian Wild.For more information, including submission guidelines, visit  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit institution, (Irish Registered Charity No.12374), and all proceeds go to benefit writers and writing.

Pat O' ConnorSeán Ó Faoláin Competition Winner, 2011 ( ):  Pat O’Connor
Pat O'Connor is a native of Castleconnell, Co. Limerick, where he now lives with his wife and two children. He writes short stories, and is currently writing a novel and a screenplay for a short film. He was joint winner in 2009 of the Glimmertrain Best Start Very Short Story competition in the US. His stories have been shortlisted for the Sean O’Faolain Prize (2010), the Francis McManus competition (2011), and was twice winner of the Irish Writers Centre Lonely Voice Competition. In 2011, he won the Sean O’Faolain Prize with his short story 'The Haggard' and is currently shortlisted for the 2012 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. He is involved in Limerick Writers Centre Writing Group and gave a writing workshop at the inaugural Sean O’Faolain Weekend in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick this year.

Pat on his week at Anam Cara as part of his prize for the winning story:
I’d never have thought of going to a writer’s retreat – would any ordinary mortal? But I was lucky enough to win a week in Anam Cara in West Cork as part the Sean O’Faolain Prize, and the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. Imagine, a whole week, and nothing to do except write.

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