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Announcing the Novel Fair 2017 finalists

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Announcing the Novel Fair 2017 finalists – as selected by judges Anthony Glavin, John MacKenna & Nadine O'Regan Twelve aspiring novelists have been selected from almost 260 applicants to participate in the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2017, an annual Irish Writers Centre initiative which will take place on Saturday 18 February 2017. Now in its sixth year, the event 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. The judging panel, who have remained...

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Novel Fair: Walking on Eggshells

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Novel Fair: Walking on Eggshells

The deadline for Novel Fair 2017 is a mere two weeks away. With that in mind Catriona Lally reflects on her experiences of the Fair and how her novel Eggshells developed as a result of this. It was at a launch at the Irish Writers Centre and I just happened to see a poster for the Novel Fair. I looked it up and thought that it would be a brilliant deadline; a novel can be the kind of thing that just sits on your computer for years. I really need some kind of structure and deadline to get anything done,...

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Novel Fair: an opportunity worth travelling 5,000 kms for!

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Novel Fair: an opportunity worth travelling 5,000 kms for!

We spoke to Mairéad Rooney—all the way from Canada—to get some inside tips on applying for Novel Fair! A two-time Novel Fair winner Mairéad chatted about her writing process and whether her experience of the Fair changed the second time around.  Tell us about when you first came across the Novel Fair… In 2012 I had just finished my novel and had reached the what-next moment. So I submitted to the 2012 Novel Fair and a few literary agents. But there were no bites. As it turned out the manuscript was not ready and the only thing to do was edit. I...

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Announcing the Greenbean Novel Fair 2016 finalists

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Announcing the Greenbean Novel Fair 2016 finalists

Announcing the Greenbean Novel Fair 2016 finalists – as selected by judges Anthony Glavin, Martina Devlin & Margaret Hayes Twelve aspiring novelists have been selected from almost 275 applicants to participate in the Greenbean Novel Fair 2016, an annual Irish Writers Centre initiative which will take place on Saturday 20 February. Now in its fifth year, the event 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. The judging panel, who...

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