Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Be brave, now is the time! Dig it out from the back of the wardrobe.... under the bed...the cats basket...

One Month to the Deadline:
the Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair
16th October 2013
The deadline for the 3rd annual Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair Competition is fast approaching. Entries will be accepted until October 16th.  

Twelve Winners will receive a place at the Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair in February 2014. The Fair provides one-on-one meetings between up-and-coming writers and top publishers and literary agents. It gives first-time novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their sample chapters directly into the hands of the publishers. 

This year, a brand new judging panel will be asked to select twelve winners, presented to them anonymously. There is no limitation on style or genre. The only requirement is that the authors must not have published a novel before. The winners will each have a stand at the Fair where they will pitch the finished novel. Top publishers and agents will be invited to the Irish Writers' Centre to meet the writers in person. To fully prepare them for the day, the finalists also win a place on a seminar on 'How to Pitch Your Novel'. 

Last year's Fair was attended by representatives from:
Penguin Ireland, Hachette Ireland, Transworld Ireland, Picador, New Island, O'Brien Press, Lilliput Press, Liberties Press, Curtis Brown, The Book Bureau, Marianne Gunne O'Connor Literary Agency, Jonathan Williams Literary Agency and
Lisa Richards Agency.  

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