THE 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition is seeking entries from poets and fiction writers and this year’s judge is James Martyn of The Talking Stick Writing Workshop.
Fiction of up to 3,000 words, three poems of up to 40 lines, or one poem of up to 100 lines, can be submitted. Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee. The fee for one entry is €10 and multiple entries is €7.50 per entry. The fee is payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge.
To take part you must be at least 16 by September 1 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.
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.
The closing date is Tuesday August 3. A longlist will be announced in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Wednesday August 18. A shortlist will be announced on Thursday August 26. The winners will be announced on Thursday September 30.
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 winner will also be a featured reader at an Over The Edge reading. Salmon Poetry will read without prejudice a manuscript submitted by the winner in the poetry category.
The competition is sponsored by Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop. The judge James Martyn is from Galway and he writes fiction and poetry. His work has been broadcast on RTÉ and BBC. He has won the Listowel Writers Week Originals Short Story Competition. His first collection of poetry, Shedding Skin, has just been published by Arlen House.
For more information contact Over The Edge on 087 - 6431748 or e-mail [email protected]