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Sunday, June 17, 2018

June Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by poets Eleanor Hooker, Nathanael O’Reilly, and Anne Casey PLUS Skylight 47

The June Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents an exciting variety of poetry from Galway, Tipperary and Australia. There will be readings by Anne Casey, Nathanael O’Reilly, & Eleanor Hooker PLUS a celebration of the first ten issue of Galway-based poetry newspaper Skylight 47 DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED.
The event will take place on Friday, June 29th, 8pm at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.

Anne Casey is originally from Clare and now lives in Sydney. Her poems have appeared internationally in newspapers, magazines, journals, anthologies, podcasts, broadcasts, videos, music albums, a stage show and an international art exhibition. Her debut poetry collection, where the lost things go was published to much acclaim by Salmon Poetry in 2017. She has won or been shortlisted for poetry awards in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, UK, Canada and Australia. Over a 25-year career, Anne has worked as a business journalist, magazine editor, media communications director and legal author. Further information: Twitter: @1annecasey.

Nathanael O’Reilly was born and raised in Australia. He has travelled on five continents and spent extended periods in England, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine and the United States, where he currently resides. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in ten countries, including Antipodes, Australian Love Poems, Cordite, FourW, Glasgow Review of Books, LiNQ, Mascara, Postcolonial Text, Snorkel, Tincture, Transnational Literature, Verity La and The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2017. O’Reilly is the recipient of an Emerging Writers Grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. He is the author of Preparations for Departure (UWAP Poetry, 2017), named one of the “2017 Books of the Year” in Australian Book Review; Distance (Picaro Press, 2014; Ginninderra Press, 2015); and the chapbooks Cult (Ginninderra Press, 2016), Suburban Exile (Picaro Press, 2011) and Symptoms of Homesickness (Picaro Press, 2010). He was the writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers’ Centre in May 2017.

Eleanor Hooker is a poet and writer. She lives in North Tipperary with her husband Peter, they have two sons. Her second poetry collection, A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press) was published October 2016. In 2013 her debut, The Shadow Owner's Companion (Dedalus Press) was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for Best First Irish collection from 2012. Eleanor is founder of the Rowan Tree Readings, a reading series that will feature international poets and authors. The series begins June 2018.  Her poetry has been published in Ireland and internationally: in the UK, USA, Germany, Poland, Romania, India and Hungary, and in literary journals including: POETRY (Chicago), PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, AGENDA Poetry, The Stinging Fly, The SHOp, The Moth, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Crannóg, POEM: International English Language Quarterly, Cyphers. Online, her poems have been published at Southword, New Dublin Press, And Other Poems, Poethead, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Ofi Press, The Pickled Body, Public Pool and broadcast on RTÉ Radio One. Eleanor has read her poetry at literary events in Ireland, USA (Pittsburgh, Washington), India (Mumbai International Literary Festival) and Hungary (Budapest).

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing financial support of the Arts Council,
Poetry Ireland, and Galway City Council.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year to be judged by Rachel Coventry YOU CAN NOW ENTER ONLINE

2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition



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DEADLINE: Midnight on Wed, August 8th

If you make your payment online before midnight on August 8th, we will accept your entry. And we will accept all entries postmarked August 8th  or earlier, even if they arrive after that date. Extracts from novels absolutely accepted. As well, of course, as short stories and poems.

In 2018 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual international creative writing competition. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers worldwide. The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2018. The 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year will be a Featured Reader at Ireland’s leading literary reading series, the Over The Edge: Open Readings in Galway City Library, on a date to be scheduled in Winter 2018/19. Salmon Poetry will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript submitted to them by the winner in the poetry category. Turas Press will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript of short stories submitted to them by the winner in the fiction category. The overall winner will receive a hamper of books from the famous Kenny’s Bookshop of Galway, Ireland. The winner in the poetry category will have one of the poems from her or his winning entry published in the Spring 2019 issue of Skylight47 magazine.

Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland or emailed (as attachments) to Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on your poem(s) or stories. Put your contact details on a separate sheet (or in the body of your email, if you enter online). If you live in Ireland and wish to be informed of the results by post, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. OTHERWISE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ENCLOSE A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE. Criteria: fiction of up to three thousand words, three poems of up to forty lines, or one poem of up to one hundred lines. Any of the aforementioned is one entry. Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee.

The fee for one entry is €10. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry e.g. two entries will cost €15, three entries €22.50 and so on. Fee payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge. The competition is open to writers worldwide. We accept payment in Dollars, Sterling, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars and so on. Writers from outside the Euro area can calculate the payment for their entry here WE ALSO NOW ACCEPT ONLINE PAYMENTS. See below for details. If you pay the entry fee online you can still, if you wish, post us a hard copy of your entry/entries and enclose with it a note saying ‘entry fee paid online’; you may also email us your entries (see above). PLEASE INCLUDE THE EXACT NAME IN WHICH THE ONLINE PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE SO THAT WE CAN VERIFY.

To take part you must be at least sixteen years old by September 1st 2018 and not have had a book published or accepted for publication in the genre in which you enter. Chapbooks/ pamphlets excepted. Entries must not have been previously published or be currently entered in any other competition. The closing date is Wednesday, August 8th, 2018. A long-list will be announced at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 30th 2018 (6.30-8pm). THE LONGLIST WILL BE AVAILABLE, BEFORE THAT, AT CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP FROM 5PM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 30th.  The shortlist will be announced at the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 (6.30-8pm). The winners will be announced at the October Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 (6.30-8pm).

Rachel Coventry was born in Edinburgh to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. Since then she has moved back and forth over the Irish Sea seven times. She lived in London for ten years but is now almost settled in Galway where she is studying for a doctorate in Martin Heidegger’s poetics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her poetry is widely published in journals including Poetry Ireland Review, The Shop, and Cyphers. Rachel won the Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust Annual Poems for Patience Competition in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize. In 2015 she was highly commended in the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition. Currently, she teaches Economics and Philosophy on the Access Programme at NUIG. Afternoon Drinking in the JollyButchers, her debut collection, was published recently by Salmon Poetry.


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