Sunday, 30 September 2012
A final reminder: the Aura Estrada Short Story Contest deadline is tomorrow, October 1st! Boston Review Fiction Editor Junot Diaz and contest judge Nathan Englander are waiting for your story.
First prize is $1,500 plus publication in the magazine. Any author writing in English is eligible.
Friday, 28 September 2012
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Great short story website.Boston Review.
Check out their archives and previous winners.
Pirouette by SCOTT MARENGO In this touching and melancholy short story, a deliveryman in rural northern California makes fast friends with an eccentric loner and his daughter.
also Alexandra Thom’s The Piano (2012)Re Short Story Competition
Each year, Boston Review runs competitions in poetry and fiction. We also partner with the Unterberg Poetry Center/92nd Street Y to publish the winner of the annual “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry contest.
We strongly encourage online submissions for our poetry and short story contests (Complete instructions for submission to all contests follow.
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest (Deadline: October 1, 2012)
The Boston Review Essay Contest (Deadline: December 1, 2012)
Monday, 24 September 2012
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Reading the list almost makes one want to repeat the leaving cert.Almost!
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
THAT'S HOW COLLINS WRITER'S THESAURUS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEFINES INSPIRATION.
HERE'S A FEW THINGS THAT WORK FOR ME- SOME DAYS!
- CLOTHES LINE ON A WINDY DAY
- AN AUCTION VIEWING-PICK A QUIET TIME
- PLAYGROUND AT PLAYTIME
- A LIBRARY
- GARDEN CENTRE IN AUTUMN
- SWALLOWS ON THE TELEPHONE WIRES
- A QUIET CHURCH- SIT AND LISTEN.....
- A CROWDED LIFT
WHAT INSPIRES YOU....................?
Sunday, 16 September 2012
'Cuckoo Money' by Mary Healy was published on RTE Ten as a runner up in their recent short story competition.Over 1000 entries were received and ten were short listed and these will be published on RTE Ten over the next few days.
Thursday, 13 September 2012
There was great excitement in both London and Dublin last week at the news that The China Factory by Mary Costello, published by The Stinging Fly, has been nominated for The Guardian First Book Award. The short story collection, published to critical acclaim in May of this year, is one of only six fiction titles amongst the longlist of eleven books that have been selected – alongside titles from major publishers such as Virago and Fourth Estate.
Learning of the book’s inclusion in this prestigious longlist Mary Costello said, “It’s wonderful to get this kind of news – and especially with a book of short stories. I did get a little thrill seeing the words ‘Irish short stories’ in there among the novels and non-fiction.”
The China Factory features twelve haunting stories, as Mary Costello precisely examines the perils and passions of everyday life and relationships and, with startling insight, casts a light on the darkest corners of the human heart.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Short course - Word of Mouth: Ten Great Songwriters
Monday, 10 September 2012
It was described as 'speed dating with publishers! You get 15 minutes to 'sell' your novel to the various agents and publishers.
Several writer's whose work was selected last year have been working closely with publishers. Niamh Boyce was one of those who signed up with Penguin Ireland. Her book 'The Herbalist' will appear on our book shelves in the near future.
Sunday, 9 September 2012
On Friday 7th Sept the 2012 the winners ceremony and writers day was opened by Jane Alger, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.An impressive line out of
publishers, editors, agents, sales and marketing experts were present and despite a 10% drop in the Irish market they said they are always looking for new talent.
Ten lucky people made it to the short list and will be published on RTE TEN over the next few weeks -thank you for including me on that short list and my story 'Cuckoo Money' can be read there.
Congratulations to overall winner Laura McKenna and well done.Her winning story was 'Song of the Hummingbird.'
This was the format for the day
Message of the day from all concerned:-Use social media!
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Could this be incorporated into the Masters Programme in NUI?
And WHO would we get to do it??!
Writing Desire: Flesh Made Word with Sean O'Reilly & Kimberly Campanello
25th September: Tues 6.30pm-8.30pm €280/260 members
How can we write about sex? Irish writing seems to shy away from any attempt to represent the reality and complexity of our erotic lives. Sex is a secret. Desire is merely a plot-device. The story of a character’s erotic life or the growth of a character’s erotic taste seems to have no bearing on a convincing psychological portrait of a literary character. This 10-week course looks at the history of the genre of erotic writing, looking at some classic texts in both prose and poetry, and concentrating on student’s writing in this field. Using both poetry and prose, participants will learn that the ‘erotic’ is more than the description of sexual acts but the context in which they take place, about power and phantasy, and in particular, about the representation of desire itself. Emphasis will be on participants own work and feedback in a group setting.
Course reading includes writers who have made desire the central theme in their work: Kundera, Trocchi, Roth, DH Lawrence, Angela Carter, Bataille, Edna O’ Brien, Gombrovitch, Miller, Nin, The Ages of Lulu, Casanova, Venus in Furs, Surrealism, confessional erotic bestsellers like One Hundred Strokes Before Bedtime up to the new phenomenon of fan-fiction/mommy-porn like 50 Shades of Grey. And in poetry: Ginsberg, Hughes, Neruda, Lorca, Takahashi, Gertrude Stein, Yeats, Auden and others.
Sunday, 2 September 2012
Next saturday Niall MacMonagle will be coming to Co Wexford ( September 8th)
His lecture on poetry, Best Order Best Words, will be held in the Millrace Hotel, Bunclody. This day is being organised in conjunction with writer Claire Keegan.
Niall MacMonagle believes, as he wrote in the intro to Outside In, that "to read is to be free. It is to live many lives, it offers stories from outside ourselves that can bring alive in our minds and imaginations worlds within us."
Famous for his 'Lifelines' poetry anthologies, he has just brought out a new book of poems, 'Off the Wall'. He really loves his books classic literature, contemporary novels, all poetry. "It is a great, great sadness in my life that more people don't realise how wonderful poetry is."
An interesting day ahead.....!
More details of this and other workshops from
Russborough have just launched their latest venue for writers.The Arch Group of Kilkenny based writers were the first to enter the doors of this hallowed place and had a wonderful time in the company of Mary Morrissy who called in to visit and read an extract from her latest work.
Mary has several books published, the latest being 'The Pretender'
- A Lazy Eye, London, Jonathan Cape/ New York, Scribner, 1993, ISBN 0-09-970141-3
- New Irish Short Stories, ed.Joseph O'Connor, Faber and Faber, 2011, ISBN 0-571-25527-2