Aspiring writers should have their pens at the ready as the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair returns for another year. Submissions for Novel Fair 2022 will be open until Thursday 30 September 2021.
2022 marks the 10 year anniversary of Novel Fair. Described by The Irish Times as a ‘Dragon’s Den for writers’, the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.
Over the past few years a range of publishers and agents have attended the Fair including Penguin Random House Ireland, Hachette Ireland, Transworld Ireland, Curtis Brown, New Island Books, O’Brien Press/Brandon, Lilliput Press, Tramp Press, The Book Bureau, John Murray, Tinder Press, Marianne Gunn O’Connor Literary Agency, Jonathan Williams Literary Agency, Lisa Richards Agency, Feldstein Agency and Author Rights Agency as well as New York based agent Regal Hoffmann & Associates.
The submission period run from Wednesday 1 September until Thursday 30 September 2021.
Entry fee for applications is €55.
There is no limitation on genre, or target market, the only requirement being that the writer has not published a novel before i.e. has not previously published a novel with an ISBN (see T&C’s for more detailed information).
Memoirs, short stories and works of non-fiction will not be considered.
Applicants are required to send a synopsis of a max. of 300 words and up to five chapters of their novel, which should be 10,000 words (+/- 10%).
You will be asked to submit your manuscript online.
There is a limit of one entry per applicant.
Entries are welcome from anywhere in the world, however, in order to be eligible, applicants must be available to attend the Fair on the 11 and 12 February 2022.
Before entering the competition, please ensure that you have read the Novel Fair Terms & Conditions 2022 very carefully as the Fair is open to previously unpublished aspiring novelists only.
● The competition is limited to unpublished novelists who have not signed with any agents or publishers. Applicants who have already had a novel accepted by a publisher, or have previously had a novel published, will not be eligible.
● A published novel is defined as one that has an ISBN.
● If the applicant has a self-published Novel with an ISBN then all of the following conditions will apply which the applicant must be able to provide evidence of upon application:
● The work submitted to the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair cannot be the published piece of fiction (i.e. the Irish Centre Novel Fair will only accept new, original work)
● the applicant can have a maximum of one published piece of fiction
● The published work must not have sold more than 1,000 copies through any medium (i.e. print or e-book)
● In the process of publication the applicant cannot have successfully engaged with or had access to a professional publisher, distributor or editor
● the published work cannot have been reviewed professionally (i.e. by any recognised print or broadcast media, or online review)
● Writers who attend the Fair and subsequently sign with an agent or publisher must acknowledge the Irish Writers Centre in promotional material relating to the acquisition of the book.
● Applicants who are signed by agents or publishers before the Novel Fair has taken place are required to notify the Irish Writers Centre immediately.
● Applicants must be over 18 years of age.