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A blog by Alison Wells

Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize's she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison's full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.

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Three Irish Playwrights selected for SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival

Posted by Alison Wells on 11 May 2018.

Three playwrights from across Ireland have been selected for this year’s SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival in Birr, Co. Offaly. Taking place from Thursday 14 June- Sunday 17 June 2018​, over 70 submissions on the theme​ Dreams were received this year. The selected playwrights are David Donovan from Dublin, Kildare native Brendan Farrell and Sionnáin Ní Nulláin also from Dublin. The trio will travel to Birr for a week of mentoring in Ju​ne​ with writer Eugene...

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$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Posted by Alison Wells on 7 May 2018.

Competition deadline: 15th May 2018 Writers of short fiction may now enter the 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-seven year history of literary excellence, and Lorian Hemingway and her small judging panel are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard.  Lorian Hemingway, a granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books:  Walking...

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Irish Author Paul Lynch on the 2018 Saroyan Prize Shortlist

Posted by Alison Wells on 3 May 2018.

Stanford Libraries have announced the shortlist for the eighth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (Saroyan Prize). The awards are intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. The Saroyan Prize recognizes newly published works of both fiction and non-fiction. A prize of $5,000 will be awarded in each category. Winners and finalists will be announced this summer. Stanford Libraries holds the Saroyan Prize...

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Take Heart Pop Up Art Sale for Rape Crisis 10th May

Posted by Alison Wells on 1 May 2018.

Take Heart Pop Up Art Sale will take place on Thursday 10th of May from 6-8pm in Bagots Hutton on Ormond Quay. The event will feature a mixture of painting, photography, embroidery and signed first editions of books by some of Ireland’s leading writers. All proceeds will go towards the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Notable pieces include work by Brian Maguire, Damien Flood, Maud Cotter, Kathy Tynan and Hugh O’Conor. Author Joseph O’Connor has generously donated...

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Submissions Call for Insightful Magazine

Posted by Alison Wells on 26 March 2018.

Submissions Deadline: May 1st 2018 Jack Collum is the founder and editor of Insightful a new, young and fresh international poetry journal: I am passionate for poetry, with my first collection Perspective being released in the coming weeks. When I started off my writing it was extremely difficult to get published in journals, magazines, newspapers, etc a problem which all talented budding poets will face. I set up ‘Insightful’ to give new emerging poets the...

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Mia Gallagher in conversation with poets Sinead Morrissey and Michael Symmons Roberts

Posted by Alison Wells on 13 March 2018.

Mia Gallagher has got in touch to say that as part of the wonderful Mountains to Sea Festival she will be in conversation with “award-winning poets Sinead Morrissey and Michael Symmons Roberts in an opening night event on Wednesday 21st March. The event takes place at 7.30 pm in the Studio, DLR Lexicon. Mia says, “Both Sinead and Michael are Forward Prize winners and both are known for an inventive, endlessly curious fascination with the...

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Books Ireland Subscription Offer for Writing.ie

Posted by Alison Wells on 28 February 2018.

Introductory subscription offer Books Ireland is Ireland’s only magazine dedicated to books published in Ireland, of Irish interest and/or by an Irish author. Established in 1976, it lists and reviews circa 1,000 new Irish titles each year and is a valuable literary resource for writers, readers, publishers and anyone with an interest in Irish books. Published 6-times a year, this full-colour 68-page magazine is packed with reviews, features, news and listings from the latest offerings on the Irish...

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2018 Davitt Awards for Australian Women’s Crime Writing

Posted by Alison Wells on 23 February 2018.

Deadline: 20th April 2018 Sisters in Crime Australia takes great pleasure in inviting your publishing house to enter the 2018 Davitt Awards for the best crime or mystery novels and non-fiction crime books by Australian women published in the previous year (i.e. 2017). Six Davitts Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne, hopefully in late August: 1. Best adult novel 2. Best young adult novel 3. Best children’s novel 4. Best non-fiction...

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Red Line Festival Call for Event Submissions

Posted by Alison Wells on 13 February 2018.

Red Line Book Festival 8th – 14th October 2018 The 7th annual Red Line Book Festival takes place from 8th – 14th October 2018, across South Dublin County in libraries, the Civic Theatre, Rua Red Arts Centre, and other venues. The festival is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts. The programme presents a high-profile, quality book festival within South Dublin providing a wide range of events. The...

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Scottish Book Trust Announces Recipient of Next Chapter Award 2018

Posted by Alison Wells on 12 February 2018.

An aspiring author from the Southside of Glasgow has been announced as the recipient of Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2018. The prize supports a talented yet unpublished writer over the age of 40, for whom finding time and space to write has proved especially challenging. The 2018 awardee is Ryan O’Connor, 45, a waiter from Glasgow. Born in Falkirk, Ryan left home when he was 15 to go travelling through Europe. Ryan has...

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