Friday, 18 April 2008

Over the Edge Competition

Over The Edge New Writer of the Year 2008

New Writer of The Year 2008 competition

€1,000 in prizes plus major reading opportunity
Deadline: August 1 2008

The Over The Edge is open to both poets and fiction writers
The winner will receive a cash prize of €600, a spot as a Featured Reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading, and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2008.
The runner-up will receive a cash prize of €300
the third-placed writer will receive €100.

Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland with an accompanying SAE.

Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on your poem(s) or story. Put your contact details on a separate sheet.

Criteria: fiction of up to 3,000 words, three poems of up to 40 lines, or one poem of up to 100 lines.
Poems and stories entered in the competition must not have been previously published.

Fee €15 and an SAE. Fee payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge.
All entries must be typed.

To take part you must be at least sixteen years old by August 1st 2008 and not have a book published or accepted for publication. Chapbooks excepted.

A shortlist of 8 will be announced in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008.
The Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2008 will be announced at the Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 25th, 2008. The winner will be a Featured Reader at a reading to be scheduled in Galway City Library in Winter 08/09.

Judge is Celeste Augé. Celeste Augé was born in Canada, but moved to Galway, Ireland when she was 12 years old. She writes both poetry and fiction, and is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway’s MA in Writing Programme. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals. She has read her work as part of Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series and also at the Cúirt Festival/Over The Edge showcase reading in 2006. In 2006, she was awarded the Publication Assistance Grant by Galway County Council. Tornadoes For The Weathergirl, a chapbook of her poems, was published in 2007. Her first full collection, The Essential Guide to Flight, will be published next year by Salmon Poetry.

For further details contact Over The Edge on 087-6431748 or e-mail or see


econgirl said...

Thanks for this, it might just be the kick up the **** i need to get around to finishing a half decent half-finished story i've had for ages.

Emerging Writer said...

Deadlines are great for that. Good luck. And aim to send in a couple of days early