Now in its seventh year, the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair will be launched next Thursday 13th April at 7pm. With over 10 publishing deals emerging from the Fair in the last eight years, the Novel Fair has been described by The Irish Times as ‘A Dragons’ Den for Writers’. Introducing up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, it gives first-time novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.

Next week’s launch event will welcome author and former Novel Fair winner Andrea Carter (Death at Whitewater Church, Treacherous Strand) along with Commissioning Editor of New Island Books, Dan Bolger and celebrated author and columnist Martina Devlin who sat on last year’s Novel Fair judging panel. Carter will share insights on this unique event that connects budding novelists with publishers and agents, and Bolger will reveal how the Fair benefits publishers through discovering new authors.

This event marks the beginning of the Novel Fair 2018 submissions period which will remain open for six months until Friday 20th October, with the Fair itself taking place in February 2018.

Andrea Carter, a qualified barrister and solicitor, was selected as a finalist for Novel Fair 2013 and went on to publish her first novel Death at Whitewater Church (Constable & Robinson) the first in a series of mysteries set on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal, Ireland. She is due to publish her third novel The Well of Ice in October 2017.


 Event details:

When: Thursday 13 April 2017, 7 – 8.30pm

Where: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1