The Girl With the Red Ribbon
National Gallery Of Ireland
All are welcome to the second Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair Competition which will be launched at 7.30, on Wednesday June 27th: its a great opportunity for anyone who plans to enter the competition as it will involve a question and answer session with the Novel fair organisers.
Patricia Deevy from Penguin Ireland will give a short talk about what publishers expect from submissions. Then five of last years finalists - myself, Ian Flitcroft, Daniel Seery, Jennifer Brady, and Fran Russell Banks will read from our shortlisted novels.
I met my agent Ger Nichols and publisher Patricia Deevy at the novel fair last March, so it was pretty much a life changing event for me and my writing. The Herbalist (I may have mentioned it once or twice on this blog!) will be published in May 2013, and I owe a big thanks to Louise Phillips who was the one who said go on, enter it, you've nothing to lose! If left to my own devices I'd still be polishing that first chapter...so go on! And Good Luck:)
From The Irish Writers Centre Site...
"The Novel Fair was a new initiative by the Irish Writers’ Centre launched in 2011. It aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.
By the time the deadline rolled around on November 11th, the Irish Writers’ Centre had received over 570 entries, a figure which demonstrates the vast number of people writing fiction in Ireland today. Twenty writers were selected for the Fair. Of those that attended many have signed with agents, a few of the books are under consideration with publishing houses and one of the attendees, Niamh Boyce, signed with Ger Nichols and sold her book 'The Herbalist' to Penguin Ireland.
Due to the success of the Fair we have decided to run it again in 2013, with an additional prize of a place on a seminar on 'How to Pitch Your Novel' to help the novelists perfect their presentations and material for the day.
The deadline for the competition this year is October 17th and the Novel Fair itself will take place on February 16th, 2013.
This year a judging panel will be asked to select a shortlist of ten successful entries, presented to them anonymously. There is no limitation on style, genre, or target market, the only requirement being that the writer has not published a novel before. Publishers and agents will be invited to come along on the day to the Irish Writers’ Centre and meet the ten selected writers in person. Each writer in attendance will have a stand at the Fair with copies of the synopsis of their novel, the finished novel itself and biographical material."