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Poolbeg Write a Best Seller & The Virginia Prize for Fiction 2013

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Poolbeg Press are again running their Write a Best Seller competition in conjunction with TV3’s The Morning Show, and this year they are open to non-fiction as well as any genre of adult fiction:

Could you be the next Edna O’Brien or Joseph O’Connor?

The Morning Show Write a Bestseller Competition is back!

Do you dream of writing a novel? Then now is the time to put down the coffee mug and brave the computer. ‘The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin’ have teamed up once again with Poolbeg Press, Ireland’s leading publishing house, to offer aspiring writers the chance of a lifetime – to see your novel published and on bookshelves around the country.

In 2011 Howth Mum of two Siobhan McKenna (read our interview with here here ) saw her life change overnight when she won the Write a Bestseller competition, could you be next to follow in her footsteps?

Simply click on the link below for an application form and to find out all the competition details. Also stay tuned to The Morning Show over the coming weeks when top authors will be offering their advice on everything from plot devices to writing exciting dialogue.

So what are you waiting for? The journey to find Ireland’s next big author starts here.


Entrants must submit a previously unpublished work that is original to the author. This can be adult fiction or non-fiction.

Submissions must be between 100,000 – 120,000 words in length and must be accompanied by a 1 page synopsis of the novel and a completed application form. Click here to download the Application form.

Only completed, printed manuscripts will be accepted. Please also submit a copy of the manuscript on CD in Word format.

Manuscripts must be unbound and typewritten. Please ensure submissions are printed on one side of the page only. Manuscripts must also be double line spaced and all pages must be numbered.

Do NOT send the original manuscript of your work as manuscripts will NOT be returned or acknowledged

Applicants can enter only once.

Closing date for the competition is close of business on Friday the 26th of April 2013; manuscripts after this date will not be accepted.

The winner will be selected by Poolbeg Press and The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin.

The prize is a one-book publishing contract with Poolbeg Press

Winner will be announced on The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin in June 2013 and published by Poolbeg Press in Autumn 2013.

The winner of the competition must be available for publicity and media engagements following the announcement of the winner of the competition.

The decision of the judges is final.

Click here for terms and conditions.



The Morning Show Write a Bestseller Competition,

Poolbeg Press

123 Grange Hill


Dublin 13

Please do not send manuscripts to TV3

The Virginia Prize for Fiction

Aurora Metro is an independent publisher of books – drama, fiction, non-fiction, humour, teen fiction and biography. They sell a wide range of books and plays for children, teens, Young Adults and adults – plus books for people who love a good read and enjoy good writing. Books are sold to bookshops, schools and libraries or you can shop on-line for via the internet .

They also provide, through their charity Aurora Metro Arts and Media, Arts and Education projects and workshops mainly to schools, libraries and community groups.

AURORA METRO BOOKS is pleased to announce The Virginia Prize for Fiction 2013 sponsored by ea consultancy group

Call for entries: open January to September 15th 2013

The Prize is open to any woman over 18 who has written an unpublished novel in English,

the prize is £1000 and a conditional offer of publication and the winner will be announced in January 2014.

The Prize
In 2009, to celebrate twenty years of success as a small independent publishing house based in Richmond-upon-Thames, Aurora Metro launched a new competition to encourage and promote new writing by women. Heartened by the quality and depth of the response to this, Aurora Metro is pleased to announce the third Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2013.

Virginia Woolf completed and published her first novel The Voyage Out while living in Paradise Road in Richmond where she and her husband Leonard also founded the Hogarth Press in 1917. By naming this prize in Virginia Woolf’s memory, we celebrate her significant literary contribution and her inspiration to young writers.

The first winner
The Virginia Prize 2009 was won by Louise Soraya Black with Pomegranate Sky, a contemporary romantic novel set in post-revolutionary Tehran that has met with critical acclaim, including reviews in The Times and The Guardian and was Waterstone’s Book Club Choice in 2010. Pomegranate Sky is available now from Waterstones, WHS Travel bookshops and major online retailers.

The second winner
The Virginia Prize 2011 was won by Mary Hamer with Kipling & Trix, a fascinating novel which brings Kipling and his little known sister, Trix – a literary talent in her own right – vividly to life. In this fictionalised account of their lives, she goes to the heart of the relationship between a difficult brother and his troubled sister. Hamer peels back the historical record to reveal the obsessions which fuelled Kipling and his sister. ‘a historical delight’ Waterstones.

The sponsor
The Prize is sponsored by ea Consulting Group, a Richmond-based company which provides Management Consulting Services globally, and is in the ‘top 100 fastest-growing companies in the UK’ according to Virgin/The Sunday Times Fast Track.  www.eacg.co.uk

For more information contact info@aurorametro.com   or telephone: 0044  +203 261 0000

Website: www.aurorametro.com

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