This is the world's oldest annual short story festival and is produced by the Munster Literature Centre. Some of the world's greatest writers have come to read at this festival including Louis de Bernieres Richard Ford, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, Edna O'Brien, Colm Toibin and many many others. Every year writers of this calibre come to Cork to engage with lively audiences through readings, workshops, seminars etc.
Alongside the festival, The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship, sponsored by Cork City Council, is awarded. The Fellowship aims to bring a talented and accomplished international writer to Cork to present fresh learning opportunities to local writers, bringing new energy to the local literary scene.