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Author Joe O’Connor reads a Limerick
Saturday, April 24, 2010
2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition sponsored by Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop In 2010 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual creative writing competition. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers. The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2010.
The 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year will be a Featured Reader at a reading to be scheduled in Galway City Library in Winter 2010/11. Salmon Poetry will read without prejudice a manuscript submitted to them by the winner in the poetry category. Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland with an accompanying SAE. Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on your poem(s) or story. Put your contact details on a separate sheet. Criteria: fiction of up to three thousand words, three poems of up to forty lines, or one poem of up to one hundred lines. Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee. The fee for one entry is €10. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry e.g. two entries will cost €15, three entries €22.50 and so on. Fee payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge. To take part you must be at least sixteen years old by September 1st 2010 and not have a book published or accepted for publication in that genre. Chapbooks excepted. Entries must not have been previously published or be currently entered in any other competition. The closing date is Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010. A longlist will be announced in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010. A shortlist will be announced at the Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 26th. The winners will be announced at the Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 30th, 2010. This year’s competition judge is James Martyn. James is from Galway where he is a member of The Talking Stick Writing Workshop. James writes both fiction and poetry. He has had work broadcast on both RTE and BBC and won the Listowel Writers Week Originals Short Story Competition. His work has appeared in The Cúirt Journal, West 47, Books Ireland, Crannóg, TheSunday Tribune, The Stinging Fly and The Shop. He was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award in 2006. He was shortlisted for the Francis McManus award in both 2007 and 2008 and for The William Trevor International Short Story Competition in 2007. His first collection of poetry, Shedding Skin, has just been published by Arlen House. For further details contact Over The Edge on 087-6431748, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com
Date: Saturday Feb 27th 2010 Venue: The Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick Time 10am to 2pm Saturday Feb 27th 2010 Fee: €40 (€30 concession). Advance Booking required.
Space very limited so book now! Wherever your interest lies in the realm of children’s fiction – be it picture books, early readers or teenage fiction – you cannot miss this opportunity. Oisin McGann is one of Ireland’s foremost children’s writers and a master at communicating the business that is writing.
To register your interest in this workshop email Dominic Taylor at email@example.com
About Oisin McGann: Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.
Oisin now works full-time as a writer and illustrator. He lives somewhere in the Irish countryside, where he won’t be heard shouting at his computer.
Awards and Recognition
In 2009, Strangled Silence was shortlisted for Falkirk Council’s 2010 RED Book Award.In 2008, Small-Minded Giants was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards, which are open to any book, rather than just those published in the relevant year.
In 2007, Ancient Appetites was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
In May 2007, Small-Minded Giants was recommended by the Education Secretary, Alan Johnson and the School Library Association in the UK on a one-off list of Top 160 Books For Boys (No. 44).
In 2006, Under Fragile Stone was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Award.
In 2006, The Gods And Their Machines, published by Tor in the United States, was shortlisted for Locus Magazine’s Best First Novel Award.
In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines and The Harvest Tide Project were both shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland Award, the first time an author has had two books on the same shortlist for this award.
In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines won a Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award.