Resources for Writers
Submissions Open for Date with an Agent 2020
Submissions deadline: 31st March 2020
Have you written a bestseller, or a Hollywood blockbuster? If you’re a writer looking for a literary agent and LOTS of sound advice on to get your book into print or your script to the screen, put Date With An Agent and the associated Getting Published Conference 2020 in your diary now!
The International Literature Festival Dublin and Writing.ie are inviting six top literary and screen agents and two top London editors to Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday 23rd of May 2020 to explain exactly how the publishing industry works, and what you need to do to make it work for you. Also hear from three authors how they got their deals and how things happened for them. This time next year, it could be you joining our experts on stage!
Send us sample of your work (closing date 31st March 2020) and you could be selected to meet with an agent. Each agent will meet 10 writers whose work they will receive in advance. Whether you are writing for children or adults, whether your book is speculative fiction, fantasy or sci-fi, women’s fiction, non fiction or literary fiction, or you’re writing a TV or film script, we have an agent for you
All submissions to the open call will be read by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and the Inkwell team who are Ireland’s leading literary scouts and always on the lookout for new talent. The script and screen submissions will be read by experts in the area.
What are you waiting for? See here to submit your work.
Simon Trewin (Simon Trewin Ltd.)
Specialises in: Contemporary Fiction
Simon Trewin (Simon Trewin Ltd) represents authors and entrepreneurs in art, culture, digital, literature, and live events. Simon Trewin has been a literary agent for 25 years and has worked with authors who have been shortlisted for, or won, most of the major literary and commercial awards in the UK. He is a former Secretary of The Association Of Authors Agents and a two-time nominee for Literary Agent Of The Year. Alongside his UK clients he has a special passion for Irish writers and numbers many among his client list including Sam Blake, John Boyne, Mary Costello, Sarah Maria Griffin, Claire Kilroy, Paul Lynch and Martin Roper. He can be reached via Simon.trewin.co.uk or on Instagram @simontrewin
He is also the founder of the letterpress and design studio The Garage Press @thegaragepress.
Ivan Mulcahy (MMB Creative)
Specialises in: Crime, Thriller, Literary
Ivan Mulcahy’s first career was largely spent with media giant Reuters, where he held various senior management roles based in London, New York, Stockholm and Dublin. In 2002, twenty years into that life, he made a radical career change, setting up his London-based literary agency. Moving into the publishing industry was motivated simply by a love of books. The later further surprise arrival into the book world of new disrupting technologies (read Amazon) is interesting to him, though he judges the benefits of information technology to book people (say, actual writers and readers) to be over-hyped. As a literary agent, he hunts for new writing talents both in quality non-fiction and original fiction and is proud to have now helped some well-known and significant authors build their writing careers. He also pursues the true stories of distinctive lives that will interest readers of biography and memoir.
Ivan represents Lisa McInerney, Rachel Donoghue, Shane Dunphy, Benet Brandreth and many more.
Clare Wallace (Darley Anderson Kids)
Specialises in: Children’s Picture Book, Young Adult
Clare joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011. Clare is building the children’s list and is scouting for new authors of picture books, middle grade, teenage, YA and illustrators. Clare also represents a boutique list of commercial and accessible literary women’s fiction but is closed to new submissions.
At the Agency she represents picture books, middle-grade, teenage, YA and illustrators. Her authors include Vanessa Altin, Caroline Crowe, Martyn Ford, Stewart Foster, Helen Grant, A M Howell, Polly Ho-Yen, Olivia Hope, Rachel Ip, Olivia Levez, Adam Perrott, Beth Reekles, Dave Rudden and Deirdre Sullivan. Her illustrators include Claire Mackie, Claire Powell, Lorna Scobie and Natalie Smillie.
Clare formerly assisted the Luxton Harris Ltd literary agency. Graduating with a first from a BA in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University, Clare went on to gain a distinction on the MA in Creative Writing. She has proof-listened to hundreds of adults and children’s audio books for AudioGO and worked for Cardiff University as a research assistant and coach to international students. She represents Olivia Hope and Dave Rudden.
Sallyanne Sweeney (MMB Creative)
Specialises in: Women’s Fiction
Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge. After graduating she joined Watson, Little Ltd, becoming a Director of the company in 2011. She joined Mulcahy Associates in 2013 and is growing her list of authors and illustrators for children (picture books to Young Adult) and adults. Awards her clients have won or been shortlisted for include the Irish Book Awards, Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards.
Passionate about the editorial side of agenting, Sallyanne enjoys both working with debuts and helping established authors take their careers to the next level. Her fiction tastes are wide-ranging, from the literary to the very commercial, but she is always excited by a distinctive voice, strong storytelling and a fresh premise. She will fight to champion anything that makes her laugh or cry (preferably both). Sallyanne is also interested in memoirs, food writing and thought-provoking non-fiction and works across both childrens and adult fiction. She is a regular speaker at writing festivals and events and was the Chair of the Children’s Agents’ Circle from 2014-2018.
Sallyanne represents a host of Irish writers from Roisin Meaney to Sarah Davis Goff, Alana Kirk, Claire Hennessy, Celine Kiernan and Ruth Long, ER Murray and Darach Ó Séaghdha to writer illustrator Kieran Fanning.
Piers Blofeld (Sheil Land Associates)
Specialises in: Speculative Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Piers has been an agent at Sheil Land since 2009. He was previously senior commissioning editor at Headline where he was responsible for creating both an adult fiction list and a new YA list as well as exploring new areas of business relating to games, online publishing and graphic novels.
Piers will consider quality, commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction including: crime & thrillers, reading group fiction, popular science and psychology, politics, gardening, cookery, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary women’s fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, children’s, young adult.
Fiction clients include Nadine Dorries, (whose The Four Streets trilogy has sold over 1,000,000 copies since it was published in 2014); Su Quinn (‘The Thief Taker’), NJ Fountain (‘Painkiller’) and Jamie Thomson (‘The Wrong Side of the Galaxy’). Non-fiction authors include Dr Claire Guest (‘Daisy’s Gift’) and Louise Hide (‘The Strange case of Dr Margaret Orange’). He represents a broad range of non-fiction topics and will consider anything from biograpy to trivia. At Date with an Agent he will be specifically looking at speculative fiction, sci-fi and fantasy.
Ellen Gallagher (Carrasotto Ramsay & Associates)
Specialises in: Script and screen
Ellen Gallagher (Casarotto Ramsey & Associates) is looking for new work for screen. Casarotto Ramsey doesn’t accept open submissions so this is a very special opportunity!
Sarah Hodgson (Editorial Director Corvus Atlantic)
Recently appointed as Editorial Director at Corvus, looking after a range of fiction and non fiction titles, Sarah Hodgson was previously deputy Editorial Director at HarperCollins, joining in 1998 as an editorial assistant for non-fiction. She moved to Voyager as an assistant editor in 2000 where she worked on authors such as George R R Martin, Kim Stanley Robinson and Ray Bradbury. She joined the crime and thriller list as deputy publishing director in 2010 and since then has commissioned many authors, including Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro and authors Stuart MacBride and Claire Kendal. Hodgson also successfully launched the KillerReads digital first list in 2015.
Harriet Poland (Commissioning Editor Audible)
Shane Dunphy (also writing as S.A. Dunphy) is the million-selling author of ten books. He is an Irish and London Times bestseller, and the movie adaptation of his memoir, The Boy They Tried to Hide, is in development with Hollywood production company Rumble Films. His series of non-fiction titles, relating the years he spent as a child protection worker, have been internationally successful and sold in translation across several territories. These include the Number 1 bestseller Wednesday’s Child and The Girl Who Couldn’t Smile, which spent five weeks on the London Times Top 10 list.
Rachel Donohue, is the 2017 Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year, has signed a major two-book deal with Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books. Her debut, The Temple House Girls, an upmarket mystery set in an elite Catholic boarding school for girls in the 1990s, will be published as a lead title in early 2020.
Clare based Cavan native Ruairí McKiernan is a multi-award winning social innovator, campaigner and author of Hitching for Hope – a Journey Into The Heart and Soul of Ireland. McKiernan has spent the past 20 years exploring the worlds of personal transformation and social change and previously founded the SpunOut.ie youth organisation. He is a founding member of the Uplift civic action movement and was a presidential appointee to the Council of State during the period 2012-2019.
RULES AND GUIDELINES
To register your submission, please fill out details and make payment online of €12* by clicking the link above.
Author biography (max 500 words)
Synopsis (max 1000 words)
Opening chapters (opening 1500 words of your book)
For Script (TV/Film, no plays):
Author biography (max 500 words)
25-word logline and a one paragraph per act synopsis
The full script or minimum first 30 pages if not complete
Please attach your synopsis to the opening 1,500 words of your book/complete script. Please keep them separate from the Eventbrite ticket so they can be read anonymously.
Your submission is double line spaced
Printed in 12pt Times New Roman or Arial
All PAGES ARE NUMBERED
That your name does not appear on the chapter submission
That your book title appears on every page of your submission (in header or footer)
Your submission consists of the opening 1,500 words of your book and a synopsis (no longer than 1000 words).
N.B. Do not send your full book.
Your submission is in the correct layout for script
All PAGES ARE NUMBERED
That your name does not appear on the script submission
That your film/series title appears on every page of your script submission (in header or footer)
and send by post to the following address:
International Literature Festival Dublin
GEC, Taylor’s Lane,
Dublin 8, Ireland
RULES, TERMS & CONDITIONS
The International Literature Festival Dublin Date with An Agent event is open to unagented writers of any nationality writing in English, 18 years old and over at the time of the closing date.
Submissions may be fiction (novel or short story collection) or non-fiction, TV or film scripts (no plays)
Submissions will only be accepted in the format specified. All submission fees are non-refundable.
Submissions need to be sent by post. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HAND DELIVER.
Multiple submissions are accepted. Please do not feel they have to be in separate envelopes! They can be mailed together. Writers may make as many submissions as they choose but each submission should be accompanied by your confirmation letter and the submission fee must be paid for each submission.
Books/script do not need to be completed but please indicate the full word count of the manuscript (what you actually have rather than what you hope to have!). Script must have a minimum of 30 completed pages.
All payments will need to be made online via www.ilfdublin.com. Applications without online payments will not be admitted. Please note the festival does not accept payments by cheque or postal order.
If your application is successful for an agent meeting, you will be notified by the end of April and will be required to book a conference ticket for Saturday 23rd May 2020 Date with an Agent at a cost of €65. Ticket price includes tea/coffee.
If you are unsuccessful in being selected, come along to the conference and get tips from our agents and the publishing professionals attending on how to make your submission stronger (cost €65).
Writers not submitting work for consideration are also very welcome to attend the Getting Published conference at a cost of €65.
The International Literature Festival Dublin is not responsible for travel or accommodation for participants. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please notify International Literature Festival Dublin immediately so your place can be transferred. Bookings are non-refundable except in special circumstances.
The selector’s decision will be final and no correspondence may be entered into, however in addition to the shortlist of selected writers, there will be a reserve list compiled, if appropriate, in case of cancellation. If a cancellation occurs you will be notified as soon as possible and offered a place. Due to the logistics of selection International Literature Festival Dublin cannot notify unsuccessful candidates.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
Submission is open to books that have been self-published, but not to books that have been previously published by a publishing house.
Please inform us immediately if you accept an offer of representation elsewhere prior to the event. Submission & booking fees will not be refunded
Entries are not returned; make sure you keep a copy.
Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made. If entrants wish to correct errors they must submit a new entry, marked ‘Final Version’ on the title page, and enter again with payment of the entry fee. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into.
Please ensure that you use the correct postage. If insufficient postage is used, International Literature Festival Dublin will not pay the additional postage required and the entry will be returned by An Post.
Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘DATE WITH AN AGENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your entry.
It is not possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone or email correspondence.
Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.
Entries will not be eligible where the author is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of the festival or a close family relative of any such person. Writers currently serving a term of imprisonment are ineligible for the event.
International Literature Festival Dublin reserves the right to alter the proposed programme without notice.
In entering your submission, you agree that your contact details will be added to the International Literature Festival Dublin and Inkwell Group/Writing.ie e-mailing lists. Your details will not be shared with any third parties.
In entering your submission, you are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.