The Farmgate Café National Poetry Award

The Farmgate Café National Poetry Award was established in 2019 with sponsorship from one of Cork's most loved restaurants - The Farmgate Café. The partnership between the Munster Literature Centre and the Farmgate received the Business to Arts 2019 Best Small Sponsorship Award. The award is a cash prize of €2,000 for the best collection published in English by a poet resident in Ireland during the previous calendar year. Collections in translation are considered. The judges for the 2020 award are Billy Ramsell, Ailbhe Darcey and Thomas Dillon Redshaw. The award is generously sponsored by the Farmgate Café, the English Market, Cork City.

The winner will be announced and the award presented on Tuesday March 24th at 6.30pm at the Farmgate Café. This is a  Free event with tickets available at Eventbrite.

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition Winners

The prize reading will take place on Saturday March 28th at 2.30pm.

1st Prize: Crosswalk by Jennifer Saunders (Bern, Switzerland)

Jennifer Saunders is the author of Self-Portrait with Housewife (Tebot Bach, 2019), winner of the Clockwise Chapbook Competition, and is a Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Orison Anthology nominee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Georgia Review, Grist, JuxtaProse, Ninth Letter, Spillway, and elsewhere. Jennifer holds an MFA from Pacific University and lives in German-speaking Switzerland where in the winters she teaches skating in a hockey school and drives her hockey-playing children to many, many ice rinks.


2nd Prize: The mighty salmon by Chris Burke (Paris, France)

Chris Burke is a writer and journalist whose debut collection of poetry, The Noise of Everything at Once, was published by Happy House Books in 2017. His work has appeared in magazines including Antiphon, the French Literary Review, Snakeskin and Prole, and he has featured on the UK National Poetry Competition longlist.



3rd Prize: Lastness by Jed Myers (Seattle WA, USA)

Jed Myers is author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press), and four chapbooks. Recent poems appear in Rattle, Poetry Northwest, The American Journal of Poetry, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, Ruminate, and elsewhere. He edits poetry for Bracken.

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition is an annual poetry competition for a single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Munster Literature Centre. It's open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of less than 40 lines on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Submissions are accepted from August to November annually. As well as a first prize of €2,000, a week-long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, 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 Poetry Festival.

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition  Winners

The prize reading will take place on Saturday March 28th at 4.00pm.

1st Prize: Parturition by Heather Treseler (Boston, USA)

Heather Treseler's poems appear in PN Review, Harvard Review, and Cincinnati Review, and her essays on contemporary poetry appear in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, and in six books of criticism. She is Associate Professor of English at Worcester State University and a Visiting Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center.



2nd Prize: Satyress by Audrey Molloy (Sydney, Australia)

Audrey Molloy is an award-winning Irish poet based in Sydney. In 2019 she was selected for Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series and received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry. Her poem Salt Rain was awarded the Listowel Writers' Week Poem of the Year 2019.

The Munster Literature Centre established the Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition in 2005. It was established as an annual prize in 2015. The competition offers writers the opportunity to have their poems published in a high-quality production from the Munster Literature Centre's publishing branch, Southword Editions. The winners receive cash prizes as well as a reading and three nights' accommodation at the festival. You can read about previous winners and buy their chapbooks here.

The John Montague International Poetry Fellowship

bohinceAmerican poet Paula Bohince is the 2020 John Montague International Poetry Fellow. The fellowship is very kindly funded by University College Cork and is an initiative of the Munster Literature Centre. The fellowship acknowledges the special place of poetry in the cultural history and contemporary practice of Cork City. Paula Bohince is the author of three poetry collections, all from Sarabande: Swallows and Waves (2016), The Children (2012), and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods (2008). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Granta, POETRY, The TLS, The Irish Times, Australian Book Review, and elsewhere.

Paula Bohince will lead a four-morning workshop from March 25th - 28th and will read on March 25th.

The John Montague International Poetry Mentorship Bursary

montagueThe John Montague Mentorship Bursary consisting of fees-free mentoring by the John Montague International Fellow are available yearly. To qualify you must be a poet resident in Cork City or resident in County Cork and engaging with the literary community of the city. You must have had at least four poems published in reputable literary journals. The mentorship is also open to authors with no more than one full-length collection already published who believe they can benefit from this opportunity. This year's fellow, Paula Bohince, chose the successful mentees from all valid applications received.