Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition

THE 2011 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition returns and is open to poets and fiction writers, but take note, the closing date is Wednesday August 3.

Fiction of up to 3,000 words, three poems of up to 40 lines, or one poem of 100 lines, may be submitted.

Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee. The fee for one entry is €10 (€7.50 per entry for multiple entries ) payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge. Entrants must be 16 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 best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will 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 2011.

The winner will be a Featured Reader at a reading in Galway City Library. Salmon Poetry will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript from 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.

The closing date is Wednesday, August 3. A longlist will be announced in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Wednesday August 17. The shortlist will be announced at the Over The Edge reading on Thursday August 25 with the winners announced at the Over The Edge reading on Thursday September 29.

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