Sunday, August 8, 2010

Prose on the Pier Competition Dunlaoghaire

Competition deadline for this is 16 August.  Visit: for more details.

Prose on the Pier: New Writing Competition


Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown has been the hatching ground for an incredible spread of literary talent.  The list already includes Maeve Binchy, Samuel Beckett, Colum McCann, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien, Marian Keyes and Joseph O’Connor.  Each of these writers needed a first break, something to give them confidence, something to get them noticed.  In September the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, aims to highlight new literary voices from this unique literary landscape with its exciting venture, PROSE ON THE PIER.
PROSE ON THE PIER is an open submission competition the winners of which will take part in a Showcase Reading, planned for 2pm, Saturday, September 11th, on the newly renovated East Pier sun shelter.
The Brief:
Submissions should be a max of 1,500 and must be inspired by the phrase “Mountains to Sea”. 
The Catch:
Submissions are only invited from residents of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown who have not previously published a book.  Submissions of fiction, non-fiction and memoir are all welcome, so long as they have not been previously published in any form.
The winning entrants will not only get to read their work in the Prose on the Pier event, but will also have their submissions published in a Festival Free Sheet, which will be available throughout the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival. Winners also receive a free Festival Pass. 
The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival runs from September 7th to 12th and will feature acclaimed Irish and international writers.
The judge/event organiser of Prose on the Pier is former Writer-in-Residence for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Katie Donovan.  A long-time resident of DLR herself, Donovan is a poet and teaches Creative Writing at IADT Dun Laoghaire.
Submissions should be sent no later than August 16th to Tim Carey, Director, Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Country Council, Town Hall, Dun Laoghaire.
Tim Carey
Mountains to Sea,Festival Director
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin


  1. Thanks to Fiona for alerting us to this. I rushed in an entry. Did anyone else?

    By the way, did you catch Katie talking to Pat Boran on RTE's 'The Poetry Programme' Saturday evening? She spoke really well and read some pieces from her new book of poetry: Rootling - in all good bookshops.

    Hope you are all scribbling. Cheers, Edwin

  2. Hi Edwin
    Yes, I rushed a piece of fiction in to the competition. I could have used more time, but having a deadline does concentrate the mind!