The Irish Writers Centre are delighted to announce the launch of Novel Fair 2019 on Thursday 19 April.

Now in its eighth year, the event serves as a rare opportunity for new and unpublished authors to present their work to some of Ireland’s venerate publishers and agents which has, to date, resulted in a number of very successful book deals. Authors who want to avoid having their manuscripts lost in the dreaded slush pile will be able to bypass it, pitching their ideas directly to top professionals in a series of face-to-face meetings. Novel Fair is aimed at budding, ambitious writers who are looking for the chance to kick-start their writing careers.

The launch will feature a range of exciting speakers, including 2016 Novel Fair finalist Breda Joy, who recently signed an exciting three-book deal with Poolbeg Press, in the wake of the fair. Breda emphasised the extent to which Novel Fair has shaped her writing career:
“I want to thank the Irish Writers Centre for organising the Novel Fair. Without a doubt, I’d still be dawdling without the fair and Eat the Moon would still be an aspirational work languishing in a file.”

Breda will be joined by Anthony Glavin, poet and former Novel Fair judge and Patricia Deevy, Editorial Director at Penguin Ireland, who will give aspiring novelists the inside track on how the Fair works.

This event will mark the beginning of our 2019 submissions period, which will remain open for five months until the deadline on Friday 28 September 2018 at 5pm. Part of the event will be live streamed.

Novel Fair is open to writers worldwide, however, in order to be eligible, applicants must be available to attend the whole day of the Fair in February 2019.

Launch event details:
When: Thursday 19 April 2018, 7pm
Where: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1