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Sunday, July 07, 2019

2019 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year to be judged by Liz McSkeane YOU CAN NOW ENTER ONLINE

2019 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition



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DEADLINE: Midnight on Wed, August 7th

If you make your payment online before midnight on August 7th, we will accept your entry. And we will accept all entries postmarked August 7th  or earlier, even if they arrive after that date. Extracts from novels absolutely accepted. As well, of course, as short stories and poems.

In 2019 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 2019. The 2019 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 2019/20. 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 2020 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 2019. Chapbooks/ pamphlets excepted. Entries must not have been previously published or be currently entered in any other competition. The closing date is Wednesday, August 7th, 2019. A long-list will be announced at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 29th 2018 (6.30-8pm). THE LONGLIST WILL BE AVAILABLE, BEFORE THAT, AT CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP FROM 5PM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 29th.  The shortlist will be announced at the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 (6.30-8pm). The winners will be announced at the October Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 31st, 2019 (6.30-8pm).


Liz McSkeane born in Scotland of Scottish and Irish parents and has lived in Dublin since 1981. She is an award-winning novelist, poet and short story writer. Her d├ębut novel, Canticle, was a winner in the Irish Writers' Centre/Greenbean Novel Fair of 2016. In 2011,  she was an IWC Lonely Voice winner and in 1999, she won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year.  Liz has published three poetry collections and her poetry and short stories have been published in the Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Irish Pages, The Shop, Stinging Fly, Orbis, Stepaway, Gutter Magazine, The Lea-Green Down and others. In 2016, Liz set up her own small press, TurasPress, which published six books during 2016-18, with a further four scheduled for 2019. In addition to her literary work, Liz is an educational consultant. She holds a PhD in Education and consults on education policy and practice for organisations in Ireland and Europe.


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