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Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year LONGLIST

Adam Trodd, Dublin, ‘Eden is’
Doreen Duffy, Dublin, ‘One Small’
Melissa Emmett, Birmingham UK, ‘Are You’
Patrick Gleeson, Dublin, ‘Watermark’, ‘The Killing’
Teresa Sweeney, Galway, ‘Fifty Three’ & ‘Stars’
Trisha McKeon, ‘Arthur’  
Ciaran Ferriter, Mayo, ‘The Hounding’
Una Mannion, Sligo, ‘Dogwood’
Niamh MacCabe, Leitrim, ‘Steer’, ‘Memorise’, ‘Dark’
Micheál Ó’Síocháin, Cork ‘A Day In’
David O’Dwyer, Dublin ‘The Empty’
Aongus Murtagh, Berlin ‘Matchstick’ & ‘Kelly’s
Richard Newton, Hampshire UK, ‘Of A’  
Meadhbh Ní Eadhra, Galway ‘The Mobile’
Niall Bourke, London ‘The Hands’
Gerard McKeown, London ‘Sisters’
Edna Faye Kiel, Clare, ‘Circles’
Edel Burke, Mayo, ‘One’
Louise Mangos, Switerland, ‘River’
Barbara Lovric, Kerry, ‘Commitment’
Veronica Creavin-Newell, Galway, ‘Sticks’
Kathryn Burke, Dublin, ‘The Depth’, ‘A Legacy’
Paula Conway, East Sussex, ‘The Chalk’
P.J. Moore, Galway, ‘Seconds’, ‘Thick’
Maeve Mulrennan, Galway, ‘End of’
James Finlan, Galway, ‘The Gospel’
Balla Aella, Galway, ‘Oniiasan’
Kate Ennals, Cavan, ‘Hilda’s’
Valerie Ryan, Kildare, ‘Only’
Angela Victory, Galway, ‘Aussie’

Ria Collins, Galway
Grace Wilentz, Dublin
Kathryn Burke, Dublin
Aidan Hynes, Dublin,
Connie Masterson, Galway
Ursula Shields-Huemer, Galway
Paul Denby, Galway
Audrey Molloy, Australia
Alyn Fenn, Cork
Emily V, North Dakota
Roisin Browne, Dublin
Colin Dardis, Belfast
Lauren Garland, London
James Finnegan, Donegal
Christine Valters-Paintner, Galway
Jo Burns, Germany
Alan Weadick, Dublin
Anita Ouellette, Massachusetts USA
Karin Molde, Germany
Alice Kinsella, Mayo
Jean Tuomey, Mayo
Bogusia Wardein, Norway
Sarah Padden, Galway
James Anthony, Athlone
Bobbie Sparrow, Galway
Vincent Steed, Galway
Sighle Meehan, Galway
James O’Toole, Henry Street
Kevin Murtagh, Kildare
Ruth Aylett, Scotland
Rob Childers, Alaska USA/Galway
Kathryn Guille, Limerick
Fiona Place, Galway
Shelley Tracey, Belfast
Aisling Bradley, Derry
Deepa Mardolkar, London
Patrick Holloway, Brazil
Julie Irigaray, France
Evan Costigan, Kildare
Maureen Butler, Maine USA
Orla Fay, Meath
Steve Fraser, Scotland
Morag Anderson, Scotland
Tara Hynes, Galway
Cathal Flood, Longford
Emily Murphy, Galway
Liam O’Neill, Galway
Molly Twomey, Waterford
Rosie Barrett, Devon UK
Eoin Barton, Galway
Caroline Am Bergris, London
Anne Walsh Donnelly, Mayo
Art Ó Súilleabháin, Galway
Ruth Elwood, Galway
Simon Murphy, Bristol
Flish McCarthy, Galway
Chris Jenkins, Belfast
Nollaig Rowan, Dublin
Leah Keane, Roscommon
Caroline Bracken, Wicklow
Stephanie Brennan, Galway
Jessica Pape, Galway
Jackie Shortland, Cork

We would like to thank our competition sponsors: 
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Dock No. 1, 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 22nd
The fiction writers reading starts 3.30pm.
The reading by poets: 5.45pm

The September Over The Edge: Open Reading
on Thursday, September 28th  Galway City Library, 6.30-8pm
2017 New Writer of The Year judge Nicki Griffin

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Over The Edge: Open Reading with Bobbie Sparrow, Art Ó Súilleabháin, & Ailbhe Darcy

The first ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ after the summer break takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 31st, 6.30-8.00pm. The Featured Readers are Ailbhe DArcy, Art Ó Súilleabháin, & Bobbie Sparrow. 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 the 2017 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition which received a large number of entries again this year.
Bobbie Sparrow is a poetry writing Psychotherapist living in Co. Galway.  She was long listed for the Over The Edge new writer's award 2015/16 and short listed for the Galway University Poetry Competition 2016. Her poems have been published in Orbis, Picaroon, and The Rose Magazine. Bobbie has taken part in many poetry workshops with Kevin Higgins and Jim Bennet of Poetry Kit. She is a member of the online poetry group, Poets Abroad.  Bobbie has found a good poem to be a good friend.

Art Ó Súilleabháin was born in Galway, spent a few years in Boston but now lives in Corr na Móna, in north Connemara. He has published a number of books for children as Gaeilge but is now working on poems and stories in English for adults. His work has been regularly broadcast on RTE Radio One’s Sunday Miscellany. He lives on the shores of Lough Corrib with his artist son Fiachra, one of his six children.
Ailbhe Darcy
Ailbhe Darcy grew up in Dublin, and has since lived in the United States, Germany and Wales, where she teaches creative writing at Cardiff University. Selections of her work are included in the Bloodaxe anthologies Identity Parade and Voice Recognition, and in the Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Vol 4. Her first full-length collection was ImaginaryMenagerie, published by Bloodaxe Books in 2011. A collaboration with S.J. Fowler,  Subcritical Tests, was published by Gorse in June 2017. Recent poems have appeared in POETRY, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry Wales, and a second solo collection, Insistence, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in 2018.

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.

Sunday, August 06, 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


Nicki Griffin

Other sponsors:

DEADLINE: Midnight on Wednesday, August 9th

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 . 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 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).


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.


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