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Thursday, August 25, 2016

LONGLIST 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year



Una Mannion, Sligo ‘Melt..’ & ‘Pet…’
Niamh MacCabe, Leitrim ‘Stars..’ & ‘Silver’
Robert Higgins, Dublin ‘Honda…’
Paul McCarrick, Galway ‘Hello…’
Creighton O’Sullivan, Limerick ‘Derby…’
Paddy Reid, Kildare ‘Rats…’
Rozz Lewis, Carlow ‘Wire’
Micheál Ó’Síocháin, Cork ‘Triangle…’
Anne Donnelly, Mayo ‘Lead…’
David O’Dwyer, Dublin ‘Attic…’
Linda Hartley, London ‘Tears…’
John O’Donnell, Dublin ‘Pandora…’
Aongus Murtagh, Berlin ‘Wellies…’ & ‘He…’
Martin Halliday, Newcastle UK ‘Moor…’
Richard Newton, Hampshire UK ‘Feather…’
Meadhbh Ní Eadhra, Galway ‘Friday…’
Rory Walsh, Mayo ‘Chancer…’
D. Bruton, Scotland, ‘Pears…’
Margaret Connolly, Dublin ‘Light…’ & ‘New…’
Neasa McHugh, County  Galway ‘Atrophy…’
Niall Bourke, London ‘Hunger…’
John Valters Paintner, Galway ‘Inheritance…’
Diana Powell, Wales ‘Cabinet…’
Lauren Foley, Dublin ‘Don’t…’
Alex Reece-Abbot, Yorkshire ‘Party…’
Gerard McKeown, London ‘Nickname…’
Frances Ainslie, Scotland ‘Blackbird...’
Alberto Nissim, California USA ‘Life…’

Lydia Harris, Orkney, Scotland
Ria Collins, Galway
Rejini Samuel, Georgia USA
Ursula Shields-Huemer, Galway
Paul Denby, Galway
Patrick Maddock, Wexford
Edel Burke, Mayo
Audrey Molloy, Australia
Alyn Fenn, Cork
Anne Donnellan, Galway
Roisin Browne
Katherine Noone, Galway
Colin Dardis, Belfast
Lauren Garland, London
Alison Driscoll, Cork
James Finnegan, Donegal
Christine Valters-Paintner, Galway
Jo Burns, Germany
Mari Maxwell, Galway
Jenny Wren, Clare
Denise Nagle, Mayo
Paul McCarrick, Galway
Lauren Jan Shore, Australia
Alan Weadick, Dublin
Anita Ouellette, Massachusetts USA
Karin Molde, Germany
Alice Kinsella, Mayo
Jean Tuomey, Mayo
John Haskins, Dublin
Leslie Thomas, Wisconsin USA
Bogusia Wardein, Norway
Mary Heneghan, Belgium
Tim Emlyn Jones, Galway
Stephen Byrne, Galway
Sarah Padden, Galway
Breda Spaight, Limerick
Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin, Galway
James Anthony, Athlone
Billy King, Tuam
Bobbie Sparrow, Galway
Niall Bourke, London
Vincent Steed, Galway
Laura Foley, Vermont USA
Sighle Meehan, Galway
James O’Toole, Henry Street
Kevin Murtagh
Ruth Aylett, Scotland
Rob Childers, Alaska USA
Dawn Wisniewski, Dublin
Liz Quirke, Galway
Charissa Boyce-Saenz, Australia
Helena Kilty, Galway
Gráinne Costello, Galway
Bernie Ashe, Galway
Kathryn Guille, Limerick
Deirdre Daly, Dublin
Fiona Place, Galway
Shelley Tracey, Belfast
Aisling Bradley, Derry
Deepa Mardolkar, London
Ruth Aylett, Scotland
Eileen Keane, Galway
Mairéad Donnellan, Cavan
Caroline Bracken, Wicklow

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Dock No. 1, ISupply Flood Street, Ward’s Hotel, Clare Daly TD, Kenny’s Bookshop & Senator Trevor Ó’Clochartaigh

@ the Over The Edge Culture Night event @ Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery,
Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 16th
The fiction writers reading starts 4pm.
The reading by poets: 6pm

The September Over The Edge: Open Reading
on Thursday, September 29th
2016 competition judge Niamh Boyce

Sunday, August 21, 2016

IMPORTANT UPDATE for everyone who entered 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year

Over The Edge is holding two special Culture Night open-mics - one for fiction writers, the other for poets - with prizes for the best readers, at Kennys Bookshop and Gallery in Liosbán Retail Park on Friday, September 16th.

The open-mic for fiction writers starts at 4pm. Participants should bring along two pages of a story to read. The reading will include guest appearances from Elizabeth Reapy, and Karl Parkinson, both of whom will be reading from their recently published novels.

The open-mic for poets starts at 6pm. Participants poets should bring along two poems to read. The reading will include guest appearances from poets Simon Lewis, who will be reading from his recently published poetry collection, and Dani Gill, who will be reading from her first collection-in-progress ‘After Love’.
The evening will be MC'd by Kevin Higgins and both open-mics will feature reading from their long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long list for the 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the sponsors.
All long-listed writers, who can make it to Kenny’s on the day, are invited to come and read.

The long-list will be announced at this Thursday's Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. (6.30-8pm).

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August Over The Edge: Open Reading with Rena Garrett, Fergus Deffely, & Sonja Tiernan

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 25th, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Sonja Tiernan, Fergus Deffely, & Rena Garrett. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition which received an increased number of entries this year.

Rena Garrett is an MA in Writing student in NUIG. Her poetry has been published in The Moth Magazine, and and was shortlisted for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre Short Story Competition 2016.

Fergus Deffely lives and works in Galway. After serving almost 15 years in the software industry, these days he hacks prose and poetry. He finds inspiration in music, magic, and society's negative spaces. He is currently working on a novella set in a small town in the West of Ireland.Fergus will be reading some of his poetry and a short story about politics. 

Sonja Tiernan is Lecturer in Modern History at Liverpool Hope University. She will be reading from her acclaimed biography Eva Gore-Booth – An Image of Such Politics (Manchester University Press, 2012), the first ever book length biography of the famous suffragist, labour activist, and writer. Sonja also edited The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth (Manchester University Press, 2015). 

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome. The evening will also see the announcement of the long list for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which has again received a very healthy number of entries this year.

The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748. 

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

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Over The Edge Offers Poets Worldwide Online Poetry Workshop with Kevin Higgins STARTING October 2016

Starting in early October, Over The Edge is offering aspiring poets worldwide a ten week online poetry workshop with poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in 2008 by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry. His third collection Frightening New Furniture was published in 2010 by Salmon and his work also appears in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). A collection of Kevin’s essays and book reviews, Mentioning The War, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, & Portuguese. His most recent collection of poetry, The Ghost in The Lobby, was published in February 2014, also by Salmon. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen.  '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta earlier this year. Song of Songs 2:0 - New and Selected Poems will be published by Salmon in April 2017. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland."

 workshop facilitator Kevin Higgins

Each of the ten weeks Kevin will email participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and participants will submit one of their poems to Kevin for constructive criticism. Kevin will work with participants on making each of their poems the best possible poem it can be.

Kevin is a highly experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. He has facilitated poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre for the past twelve years. One of his workshop participants won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry; two have been shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet; two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize; and another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam; several have published collections of their poems with reputable publishers.

Kevin also teaches poetry on the NUI Galway Summer School programme and mentors poetry students on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. Kevin is co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge: Open Reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.

The workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing Wednesday October 5th, 2016. The cost to participants is €110. There are no refunds. The workshop will be conducted in English only. 

For queries, email


Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year to be judged by Niamh Boyce NOW TAKING ONLINE PAYMENTS

IMPORTANT UPDATE for everyone who entered 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 

2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition




Other sponsors:

Closing date: Wednesday, August 3rd , 2016

If you make your payment online before midnight on August 3rd, we will accept your entry. And we will accept all entries postmarked August 3rd or earlier, even if they arrive after that date. Extracts from novels absolutely accepted. As well, of course, as short stories and poems.

In 2016 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 2016. The 2016 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 2016/17. 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 2017 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 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 2016 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 3rd, 2016. A long-list will be announced at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 (6.30-8pm). THE LONGLIST WILL BE AVAILABLE, BEFORE THAT, AT CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP FROM 5PM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 25TH.  The shortlist will be announced at the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 (6.30-8pm). The winners will be announced at the October Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 (6.30-8pm).

Niamh Boyce won the overall  Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Yea and the Emerging Poet Category for her poem 'Kitty'. Her poetry has also been highly commended in The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2013. Her first novel, The Herbalist (Penguin Ireland) won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2013, and was long listed for the IMPAC Award. Her stories have been adapted for stage, broadcast, published in literary magazines and anthologized, most recently in 'The Long Gaze Back - Irish Women Writers' and 'The Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction.' Niamh was shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short Story Competition 2011, the Hennessy Literary Awards 2010, the Molly Keane Award 2010 and the WOW Award 2010, her stories can be found in magazines such as The Moth, Crannóg, Revival, Boyne Berries, Poetry Bus, The Stony Thursday Book and New Irish Writing Magazine. Originally from Athy, Co Kildare Niamh now lives with her family in Ballylinan, Co Laois. She blogs at

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


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