The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition


The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, established in 2003, is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world. Submissions are accepted from 1 May – 31 July annually. Sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre, it is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists. The winner receives a first prize of €2000, a featured reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival (with four-night hotel stay and full board) and publication in Southword.

The 1st Prize winner Tom Harvey will read his winning story Mystic Master Salvador on Saturday 14th October.

The full list of winners, shortlisted and highly commended authors can be found here.


Tom Harvey lives in London. He’s a playwright, writer, and screenwriter. Tom was selected as a finalist in the London Independent Story Prize and has had work published by Volume 1 Brooklyn, Litro Magazine, Fictive Dream, The Wells Street Journal and others. He will shortly be published in The London Magazine. Tom is an award-winning playwright, past BAFTA winner and has had two Rose d’Or nominations. Tom wrote the short film Flying Home for the BBC which won at Utah, Depth of Field, WPPN and Accolade film festivals. Tom has an overflowing portfolio of short stories and plays, he is currently writing the screenplay Bullet Ready, and hip-hop dance play The Chauffeur with Ukweli Roach. Tom once earned a living as a mime, for which he is both proud and eternally embarrassed.


Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship


The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of Cork City Council. 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 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 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship are indefinitely suspended. The fellowship was in abeyance during 2022. The Canadian author Alexander MacLeod will be taking up the appointment in October 2023.

Alexander MacLeod will read at the festival on Wednesday 11th October.