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Red Line Book Festival 12-16 October Call for Authors

Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 7 April 2016.
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The annual Red Line Book Festival runs in October and takes place in venues across South Dublin County. The festival is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts. The programme aims to develop a high profile book festival for the county showcasing the best of national and international contemporary writing which will have a significant impact on the literary landscape of Ireland. Our mission is to provide a wide range of events engaging the local community in the exploration of ideas, culture, creativity and imagination. You can view our previous programmes at www.redlinebookfestival.ie

The Red Line Book Festival is a curated festival. Participation is by invitation only with authors selected by the festival curatorial team. Authors and publishers wishing to be considered for presentation in the Red Line Book Festival 2016 are invited to submit proposals and ideas to the Festival selection panel. The submission process is open to everyone living on the island of Ireland. There is no fee to submit proposals.

For authors’ proposals please include the following:

  • Brief biographical material
  • Outline of your idea for an event
  • Any relevant media coverage
  • Details of other festival appearances
  • Recent Publications
  • Awards received
  • Breakdown of the costing of the proposal (max. funding available per proposal €500)

All submissions received will be acknowledged, but please be aware that due to the large number of entries, the panel cannot respond or offer assessment and feedback to every submission individually.

Submissions should be sent to info@redlinebookfestival.com or Library Development Office, Library HQ, Unit 1, The Square Industrial Complex, Tallaght, Dublin 24 by 5pm on Wednesday 27th April 2016.

Selection Criteria for Authors

Participation in the Red Line Book Festival is by invitation only. The selection process is competitive as the Festival is limited by funding, space and scheduling constraints. For events pertaining to new books, preference is given to work published within 18 months prior to the festival.

Although preference might be given to writers and poets who have published books, authors who have established credentials by satisfying the following criteria may be considered for participation in the Red Line Book Festival.  Please note that meeting these criteria do not guarantee an invitation to participate in the festival as a featured author:

  • A good fit with the overall Red Line Book Festival programming
  • Ability to attract and sustain an audience
  • Creativity & Innovation of the proposal/idea
  • Publications (if any)
  • Awards (if any)
  • Media Coverage
  • Appearance at other festivals
  • Initiative and resources to plan and execute the proposed event successfully
  • Applicants whose proposals are accepted for 2016 will not be eligible to re-apply until 2018.
  • Applicants whose proposals were accepted in last year’s festival (2015) will be eligible to apply again in 2017.

If successful, the applicant will be expected to facilitate/host an event during the Red Line Book Festival 12th-16th October 2016.

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Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by literary agent Simon Trewin and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.