Monday, June 25, 2012

Novel Fair @ The Irish Writers' Centre

Novel Fair 2011

The Irish Writers' Centre is pleased to announce that the second Novel Fair Competition will be launched on June 27th, 2012. The innagural Novel Fair took place in March this year and attracted over 570 entries.

7.30 pm Irish Writers' Centre

Patricia Deevy from Penguin Ireland will give a short talk about what publishers expect from submissions. She will be followed by five of this year's finalists - Niamh Boyce, Ian Flitcroft, Daniel Seery, Jennifer Brady, and Fran Russell Banks - who will read from their own shortlisted work.

There will then by a Q&A with the Novel Fair organisers.

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.
It was proposed as a way to help first-time novelists bypass the slush pile and make direct contact with 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 of them have signing with agents, a few of the books are under consideration with publishing houses and one of the attendees, Niamh Boyce, signed with Ger Nicholls 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.

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