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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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 2017 Over The Edge Summer Open-mic at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road on Wednesday, July 12th, 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.  

Those taking part will include visiting students studying creative writing on this year’s NUI Galway International Summer School.


The MC for the evening will be Kevin Higgins. 

All are welcome to attend.

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year to be judged by Nicki Griffin YOU CAN NOW ENTER ONLINE


2017 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition
OPEN TO POETS & FICTION WRITERS WORLDWIDE



YOU CAN NOW ENTER ONLINE



COMPETITION JUDGE: Nicki Griffin
Nicki Griffin

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Closing date: Wednesday, August 9th , 2017

If you make your payment online before midnight on August 9th, we will accept your entry. And we will accept all entries postmarked August 9th  or earlier, even if they arrive after that date. Extracts from novels absolutely accepted. As well, of course, as short stories and poems.



In 2017 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 2017. The 2017 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 2017/18. 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 2018 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 over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com . 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 http://www.xe.com/ucc/ WE ALSO NOW ACCEPT ONLINE PAYMENTS. See the 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 2017 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 9th, 2017. A long-list will be announced at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 31st 2017 (6.30-8pm). THE LONGLIST WILL BE AVAILABLE, BEFORE THAT, AT CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP FROM 5PM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 31st.  The shortlist will be announced at the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 (6.30-8pm). The winners will be announced at the October Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 (6.30-8pm).





ABOUT THE COMPETITION JUDGE

Nicki Griffin is from Cheshire in the north west of England, but has lived in East Clare since 1997. She completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway in 2009, was the 2010 Over The Edge New Poet of the Year, and in 2012 was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council. Her debut collection of poems, Unbelongingwas published by Salmon Poetry in December 2013, and was shortlisted for Shine Strong Award for Best First Poetry Collection. She writes for Inland Waterways News and co-edits the poetry magazine Skylight 47. Her first work of non-fiction, The Skipper and Her Mate, was published by New Island in 2013. Nicki’s second collection of poetry will be published by Salmon Poetry later this year.


TO PAY YOUR ENTRY FEE FOR 2017 OVER THE EDGE NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR ONLINE SEE BELOW

Competition payments