In November we will publish debutant chapbooks by Belfast-born, Munster-resident poets Roisin Kelly and Paul Mc Mahon.
Thank you to everyone who entered and to James Harpur, Thomas Mc Carthy, Leanne O'Sullivan and Matthew Sweeney who judged the final 12 manuscripts shortlisted by Patrick Cotter - anonymous all the way.
There was a 25% increase in entries to this year's Fool for Poetry competition and the standard was extremely high.
Founded in 1993, the Munster Literature Centre (Ionad Litríochta an Deiscirt) is a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to the promotion and celebration of literature, especially that of Munster.
To this end, we organise festivals, workshops, readings and competitions.
Originally located in Sullivan's Quay, the centre moved to its current premises in the Frank O'Connor House (the author's birthplace) at 84 Douglas Street, in 2003.
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.
Both John and Maya are debutantes and we are very proud to be issuing their first solo publications at the launch of the Cork International Poetry Festival next February.
Our chapbook list will be augmented by a 'New Irish Voices' series.
Up to 25 - 50 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".