Literature – Opportunities / Competitions

The Merriman Short Story Competition
The Merriman Short Story Competition is dedicated to the memory of the late Maeve Binchy, who was a life-long supporter of Cumann Merriman and a regular visitor to the Merriman Summer School. A prize of €1000 will be awarded to the winning short story, which must be original, unpublished and unbroadcast.
Entries should be not more than 2,500 words in length and set in Ireland. Stories may be written in Irish or English. The competition is confined to writers born or living on the island of Ireland.
Closing date for entries is October 31st 2012.
See their site for more details.
The Moth Magazine– Short Story Prize

1st prize is€1,000, and this year we have a 2nd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France.

The judge is Martina Evans. Martina has published four books of poetry and three novels. Her first novel, Midnight Feast, won a Betty Trask Award and her third novel, No Drinking No Dancing No Doctors, won an Arts Council England Award. In 2011, she was awarded the Ciampi International poetry prize by the Premio Poesia Ciampi Committee from Livorno, Italy.
Closing date is 31 March 2013. Further details are available on our website.
Reminder: The Novel Fair
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. 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. The Novel Fair Competition costs €40 to enter (€35 for members of the Irish Writers’ Centre). Go to Novel Fair for further information
Poetry Ireland
Click here for information on all competitions.

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