THE 2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition returns and is open to both poets and fiction writers.
The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will be chosen as the overall winner and receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2011.
The 2011 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 2011/12. Salmon Poetry will read 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 contact details on a separate sheet.
The criteria is fiction of up to 3,000 words, three poems of up to 40 lines, or one poem of up to 100 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, eg, two entries will cost €15, three entries €22.50 and so on. The fee is payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge.
To take part you must be at least 16 years old by September 1 2011 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 Wednesday, August 3 2011. The winners will be announced at the Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library on Thursday September 29.
This year’s competition judge is Athenry poet Elaine Feeney. Her first full collection of poetry Where’s Katie? was published last year by Salmon. She has read at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Electric Picnic.