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Calling all Young Authors: The Wild Words Book and Festival

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Article by Ink Stains © 14 February 2019.
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Deadline for submissions is 31st March, 2019.

The Wild Words Book is part of Carrick on Shannon’ s annual Wild Words Festival and features writing by young adults from all over Ireland aged 14 to 17 years who have started to write their own short stories and poetry.

They are now looking for submissions for Vol. 7.

Entry is free. Those selected will have their work professionally edited and published and also get free admission to a two-day writing masterclass at the festival in Leitrim on Sat 29 th & Sun 30th June 2019 with some of Ireland’s leading novelists, poets, playwrights and journalists.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The programme is run by the Wild Words Children’s Book Festival.

  2. By making a submission you are deemed to have accepted these conditions and be bound by them.

  3. Submissions will only be accepted on-line through wildwords.ie

  4. Submissions must be made before midnight on the closing date of the competition. The recorded electronic time of receipt will be deemed to be the date and time of submission.

  5. The programme is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 17 years of age as at the last day of the festival. The festival reserves the right to ask for proof of age from entrants.

  6. Submissions may be short stories or poems. Maximum word count – 5000 words.

  7. Submissions must be the entrant’s own original work.

  8. Submissions must not have been published previously in print form.

  9. Works submitted to Wild Words in previous years should not be resubmitted.

  10. Entrants can submit up to three pieces of writing.

  11. There is no fee for making a submission.

  12. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Open Office (.odt) formats only.

  13. Each piece of work submitted must have the title, entrant’s name and age (on the first day of the festival) on the first three lines at the top of the first page.

  14. All submissions will be assessed by the Editor and the decision of the Editor is final.

  15. Entrants must complete all essential fields of the entry form.

  16. Entrants must have consent from a parent or guardian who will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the conditions of the programme.

  17. Where submissions are being coordinated by teachers on behalf of their pupils, the teacher must ensure that each pupil completes application as described or alternatively collects the required details, including names and contact details of parents/guardians and makes an individual submission for each student on their behalf.

  18. All works selected will be published in the Wild Words anthology, which will be published during the Wild Words Festival in Leitrim.

  19. The authors of all works selected will be invited to take part in a free two-day masterclass during the festival facilitated by leading authors. All entrants not selected for inclusion in the anthology may still enrol in the masterclass programme for the reduced fee of €30. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted by email offering the opportunity to purchase these tickets one week before they go on general release.

  20. The authors of all the works selected will receive a complimentary copy of the book at the festival.

  21. Inability to attend the book launch or masterclass programme will not affect eligibility for inclusion in the book. Those selected must confirm whether or not they will attend the masterclass programme by the date specified on the invitation. Failure to respond to the invitation will be treated as an inability to attend.

  22. By making a submission you are deemed to have given consent to, if selected, having the work published as part of the Wild Words anthology.

    1. Each entrant and his or her parent or guardian, if selected for publication, gives Wild Words Children’s Book Festival permission to use and publish his or her entry in any media and format throughout the world, including in the Anthology and on the Wild Words Website.

    2. Each entrant and his or her parent or guardian waives all moral rights in his or her submission to the Wild Words anthology.

    3. Each entrant warrants that nothing in his or her entry will infringe the copyright or any other intellectual property right of any third party or defame any third party.

    4. Each entrant selected for publication and his or her parent or guardian agrees to sign a release form assigning copyright in his or her entry to Wild Words Children’s Book Festival and confirming the permissions, waivers and warranties given above. (Please note that this does not prevent the author from subsequently submitting the entry elswhere for publication.)

  23. Entrants to the programme consent to the use by Wild Words Children’s Book Festival of their name, age and town of residence to announce the details of those selected for publication.

  24. Wild Words Privacy Policy and Terms of Use of the Website are on www.wildwords.ie. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and be bound by them.

Further information and apply here.

 


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Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Here we post competitions, information on events and tips. The best advice? Keep reading - everything you can lay your hands on, and keep writing. Write for yourself to find your voice. If you'd like to contribute to this blog drop vanessa@writing.ie an email. Our superb Ink Stains illustration is by Emily Hearne , age 12, who is a 6th Class Student at Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil, Cork, thank you Emily!

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