Novel Fair 2014 Shortlist

novelfairbanner2Every year the Irish Writer’s Centre select 12 unsigned writers (out of more than 300 entrants) to meet top Irish publishers and agents to pitch their novel to.  The Novel Fair offers a golden opportunity for unsigned authors to gain some publicity and hopefully get their books published.  In order to enter the aspiring authors submit 10,000 words and a synopsis of their novel.  Then, if a writer is shortlisted, they must have the completed novel ready a few days after they’ve been shortlisted.  Obviously the idea is that the author has continued to work on their book so it’s ready to submit if they’re shortlisted.

The 12 Novel Fair winners for 2014 are:

Eggshells by Caitríona Lally
Colm by Evan Cody
Wolf by Simon Fay
Botox For Dancers by David Flitton
Out of Nowhere by Alan Gorevan
Stolen Sister by Geraldine Hogan
The Edge of Heaven by Rachael Kelly
The Shadow of Darcy Anne by Blathnaid Nolan
Letters to Lucy by Nathan O’Donnell
Dawn in Temper by Lisa Parker
North to Midnight by Grey Phelan
The Silver Girl by Aine Tierney

Congratulations to all the winners and hopefully some of them will earn publishing deals.

Commiserations and also congratulations to 12 other writers who made the longlist.  Tara Sparling writes about the bittersweet sensation of coming 13th in the competition.  At least she can be confident of the quality of her writing and that the publicity from her longlist appearance might send an agent or publisher her way.

The Highly Commended authors on the longlist are:

Summer of Stan by Anthony Brophy
Railway Park by Erica Coughlan
Child of the Slums by Aisling Cronin
Rising by Brian Kirk
Essex Road by Guy Le Jeune
Jesus of the Lavatory by Donall Mac Lochlainn
Loyalties by Niall McCann
Happy-Cry with my Brilliant Life by Paul McCarrick
Tider by Sinead O’Hart
Statistical Anomalies in the Probability of Love by Tara Sparling

Related Links

Tara Sparling Blog Post

Irish Writers’ Centre

Irish Times article

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