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Sunday, July 05, 2015

2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year to be judged by Dave Lordan NOW TAKING ONLINE PAYMENTS



2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition



OPEN TO POETS  FICTION WRITERS WORLDWIDE



NOW TAKING ONLINE PAYMENTS  



COMPETITION JUDGE: DAVE LORDAN
Major sponsor Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

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Closing date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

If you make your payment online before midnight on August 5th, we will accept your entry. And we will accept all entries postmarked August 5th or earlier, even if they arrive after that date. Extracts from novels absolutely accepted. As well, of course, as short stories and poems.



In 2015 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 2015. The 2015 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 2015/16. Salmon Poetry will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript submitted to them by the winner in the poetry category. Doire 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 for 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 2016 issue of Skylight47 magazine.



Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland. 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. 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 http://www.xe.com/ucc/ WE ALSO NOW ACCEPT ONLINE PAYMENTS. See the below for details. If you pay the entry fee online you must still post us a hard copy of your entry/entries and enclose with it a note saying ‘entry fee paid online’. 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 2014 and not have 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 5th, 2015. A long-list will be announced at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 (6.30-8pm). THE LONGLIST WILL BE AVAILABLE, BEFORE THAT, AT CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP FROM 5PM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 27TH.  The shortlist will be announced at the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 (6.30-8pm). The winners will be announced at the October Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 (6.30-8pm).



Dave Lordan is the judge for the 2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. Dave is the first writer to win Ireland’s three national prizes for young poets. He is a former holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award, the Kavanagh Award, and the Strong Award. His collections of poetry are The Boy in the Ring (Salmon, 2007); Invitation to a Sacrifice (Salmon, 2010) and Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains (Salmon, 2014).  In 2013 Wurm Press published The First Book of Frags, a collection of Dave’s short fiction. He is a renowned performer of his own work, which the Irish Times called ‘as brilliant on the page as is in performance’, and has read his work by invitation at festivals and venues across Europe and North America.  His poems are regularly broadcast on Irish national radio and he is a contributing editor for Irish literary magazine, The Stinging Fly. He is a founding member and editor of experimental and cross-genre arts journal Colony.ie. He blogs on poetry and creativity at www.davelordanwriter.com 

The judge for 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year will be Niamh Boyce.

The judge for 2017 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year will be Nicki Griffin.

TO PAY YOUR ENTRY FEE FOR 2015 OVER THE EDGE NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR ONLINE SEE BELOW

Competition payments


July Over The Edge Writers' Gathering-readings by Máire T. Robinson, Mary Madec, & showcase of Wordsontreestreet & Doire Press writers



July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering

at Galway City Library

showcases Galway publishers


& presents readings by Máire T. Robinson & Mary Madec

on Thursday, July 9th, 6.30-8pm.


The July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by Horslips drummer Eamon Carr, Máire T. Robinson, John Fogarty, Mary Madec, Lorne Patterson, and Paul O’Reilly. At this event Over The Edge will showcase authors published by Galway-based publishers Doire Press and Wordsonthestreet. The reading takes place at Galway City Library on Thursday, July 9th, 6.30-8pm. All are welcome and there is no cover charge. 
Máire T. Robinson

Máire T. Robinson is a graduate of the MA in writing at NUI, Galway. In 2013, she was the overall winner of the Doire Press Chapbook Competition. Her short story collection Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart was published as a result. Máire's recently published début novel Skin, Paper, Stone (New Island, 2015) was described by the Irish Times as “a deceptively simple novel that packs a punch. Robinson writes with warmth and understanding, giving the reader a bird’s-eye view of a modern, post-boom Galway through a diverse and credible cast of characters.” Kevin Higgins’s Galway Advertiser review of Skin, Paper, Stone can be read here http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/77976/buskers-beggars-and-degenerates-of-every-persuasion

Eamon Carr and friend in 1975

Eamon Carr was born in Meath. Along with Peter Fallon, he formed poetry-performance group Tara Telephone, before concentrating his energies as writer, conceptualist and drummer for Horslips, the band he co-founded and remains a member of. A journalist and occasional broadcaster, he is a former recipient of the Sarah Purser Scholarship and Prize in the History of European Painting from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2005, his poster poem ‘A Tale of Love’, originally designed in 1969 by Che Guevara poster artist Jim Fitzpatrick, was included in the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era Exhibition. In 2008, as lyricist, he collaborated on an album of new songs with former Sweeney's Men and Wings guitarist Henry McCullough. In 2010, his five-poem cycle Ascension: Ireland was staged in the Walled Garden of the Pearse Museum, Dublin by composer and intermedia artist Daniel Figgis. In 2011, Horslips recorded a live performance of music suites adapted from The Táin and The Book of Invasions concept albums in concert with the Ulster Orchestra, conductor Brian Byrne. In 2012, Eamon contributed a reading of ‘Dublin’, a lyric by deceased friend and colleague Philip Lynott, to Sound City Beat, an album by the Radiators from Space. His first book, The Origami Crow, Journey into Japan World Cup Summer 2002 (Seven Towers) was published in 2008. Deirdre Unforgiven: A Journal of Sorrows, a one-act play based on Deirdre of the Sorrows, was published by Doire Press in 2013. 


John Fogarty is a fiction writer whose debut novel Scenes from an Indian Summer will be published in September by Galway based publishers Wordsonthestreet. Scenes from an Indian Summer has already been shortlisted for the RTÉ 1/Penquin book prize. He has had work published in Connect Magazine and a range of other publications at home and abroad.  He is also an actor and has taken demanding roles in numerous productions, most notably, in JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and in Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men.


Lorne Patterson is an Edgeworthstown writer and member of the Ballymahon Writers Group, Co Longford, Ireland. He is a psychiatric nurse and community educator who has worked in a number of countries, including Britain, the United States and Russia. A past runner-up in the Sean Ó Faoláin short-story competition, he published his first book, Witch, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Witch was followed by another novella, Bad Blood , published in 2013 by Wordsonthestreet. Lorne is currently working on a non-fiction history of drug addiction treatment and on Hour of the Witch, the follow-up to Witch’.


Paul O’Reilly lives Co. Wexford and has been published in Necessary Fiction; Irish Independent’s New Irish Writing; Natural Bridge; Stinging Fly; and the Irish Times. He has been shortlisted for the Seán O’Faoláin Prize and the Hennessy First Fiction Award; was runner up for Bristol Short Story Prize and the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize; was a joint-winner of The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions competition hosted by the Irish Writers’ Centre; received honourable mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters competition; and had a story nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also an award-winning traditional Irish singer and musician and was awarded Deis funding by the Arts Council in 2008. As well as working in fiction, music and song, Paul has produced several albums, two film documentaries, adapted a Claire Keegan short story for film that was later produced and screened at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2013, and for the past twelve years has been active in the promotion of culture and new writing in the south-east of Ireland. Visit pauloreilly.ie for more details. The Girl Missing From The Window, Paul’s debut collection of short stories, is just published by Doire Press.
Mary Madec

Mary Madec was born and raised in Mayo. She studied at NUI, Galway (B.A., M.A., H.Dip Ed.) and at the University of Pennsylvania from which she received a doctorate in Linguistics in 2002. She has published widely (Crannóg, West 47, The Cuirt Annual, Poetry Ireland Review, the SHOp, The Sunday Tribune, Southword, Iota, Nth Position, Natural Bridge and The Stand Orbis, The Fox Chase Review, The Recorder among others. Her first collection, In Other Words, appeared with Salmon Poetry in 2010 ; her second collection, Demeter Does Not Remember also with Salmon Poetry at the end of 2014. She has received several awards and prizes most notably the Hennessy XO Prize for Emerging Poetry in 2008. She co-founded the community writing project, Away With Words, and works for Villanova University. Kevin Higgins’s Galway Advertiser review of Demeter Does Not Remember can be read here http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/74755/sexing-up-greek-myths-and-facing-down-the-bank



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

STARTING SEPTEMBER Over The Edge announces Autumn DAYTIME course in Advanced Fiction with Susan Millar DuMars STARTS September 25th

Susan Millar DuMars with Over The Edge co-organiser Kevin Higgins

THE CLASS TAKES PLACE on FRIDAYS, 2-4pm for 8 weeks.
STARTING FRIDAY September 25th. 

Maximum Number students: 5 

CLASS DESCRIPTION: this class is for those serious about writing short or long fiction.  From week one, each student will be responsible to email their assignment to Susan Millar DuMars and their classmates by Wednesday noon.  Students will also bring hard copies of the piece into class.  Assignments can be up to 5 double spaced pages. They may be in response to the week’s assignment or part of something the student is working on independently.  In each session we will provide feedback to each student. Susan’s feedback will be detailed as it will be based on her earlier reading of the work. Thus, each student will receive detailed feedback on a total of 40 pages of work, as well as receiving “prompts” (assignments) and enjoying the camaraderie of the class.

Price: €120 for 8 weeks payable in advance or at first class. There are no refunds. To guarantee a place you must pay in advance. If you have been struggling with a short story or a novel, this is the class for you. 

The class is organised by Over The Edge literary events and will take place at 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway. Five minutes from NUI Galway. Parking available.
ABOUT THE TUTOR:  Susan Millar DuMars’ debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008.  Her next collection, Dreams for Breakfast, appeared in April 2010.  Her work features in Landing Places, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010.  A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, American Girls, with Lapwing in 2007.  She published a book of short stories in 2010: Lights in the Distance, published by Doire Press. She has been the recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary. Susan's third collection of poetry, The God Thing, was published by Salmon Poetry last March. She lives in Galway, where she and her husband have run the Over the Edge readings series since 2003. Susan edited the anthology Over the Edge – The First Ten years, published by Salmon, which includes work by forty seven writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. Susan is the Featured Fiction writer in the current issue of the American online magazine The Atticus Review.
 

YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE CLASS STARTING FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH  

Advanced Fiction Class


STARTING IN SEPTEMBER Over The Edge announces AUTUMN EVENING CLASS in advanced Fiction Writing with Susan Millar DuMars STARTS WEDNESDAY September 23rd

THE CLASS TAKES PLACE on WEDNEDAY EVENINGS, 7-9pm for 8 weeks. 

STARTING WEDNESDAY, September 23rd. Maximum Number students: 5. Each student will receive close individual attention. 

CLASS DESCRIPTION: this class is for those serious about writing short or long fiction. From week one, each student will be responsible to email their assignment to Susan Millar DuMars and their classmates by Monday noon. Students will also bring hard copies of the piece into class. Assignments can be up to 5 double spaced pages. They may be in response to the week’s assignment or part of something the student is working on independently. In each session we will provide feedback to each student. Susan’s feedback will be detailed as it will be based on her earlier reading of the work. Thus, each student will receive detailed feedback on a total of 40 pages of work, as well as receiving “prompts” (assignments) and enjoying the camaraderie of the class. Price: €120 for eight weeks payable in advance or at first class. There are no refunds. To guarantee a place you must pay in advance. If you have been struggling with a short story or a novel, this is the class for you. 

The class is organised by Over The Edge literary events and will take place at 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway. Five minutes from NUI Galway. Parking available. For directions see map.

ABOUT THE TUTOR: Susan Millar DuMars’ debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008. Her next collection, Dreams for Breakfast, appeared in April 2010. Her work features in Landing Places, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010. A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, American Girls, with Lapwing in 2007. She published a book of short stories in 2010: Lights in the Distance, published by Doire Press. She has been the recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary. Susan's third collection of poetry, The God Thing, was published by Salmon Poetry last March. She lives in Galway, where she and her husband have run the Over the Edge readings series since 2003. Susan edited the anthology Over the Edge – The First Ten years, published by Salmon, which includes work by forty seven writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. Susan is the Featured Fiction writer in the current issue of the American online magazine The Atticus Review.

YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE CLASS WHICH STARTS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD

Advanced Fiction EVENING CLASS

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Westside Arts Festival/Over The Edge Summer Open-mic

PROBABLY THE BIGGEST LITERARY OPEN-MIC OF THE YEAR

Over The Edge in association with Westside Arts Festival presents the 2015 Over The Edge Summer Open-mic at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road on Wednesday, July 15th, 6.30-8pm

Everyone who has a poem or story to share is most welcome to take part. So, if you have some writing you’d like to read to an audience, this is your opportunity to do so.

The MCs for the evening will be Kevin Higgins & Susan Millar DuMars. All are welcome to attend.

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