September 5 – September 18, 2023

September 18, 2023

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Now in its 12th year, the Novel Fair is an annual competition initiated by the Irish Writers Centre. Described by The Irish Times as ‘A Dragons’ Den for writers’, each year the Fair introduces twelve 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 industry professionals.

20 free submission places are available for writers from backgrounds underrepresented in Irish literature (please read our EDI statement here).

The 20 free submission places have now been allocated.

How to apply?

To receive a free place, email Please note these places are reserved for writers currently resident on the island of Ireland.

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