Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to the top publishers and literary agents across Ireland and the UK, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents. 

You can submit from anywhere in the world, provided that you are able to attend the full day of the Novel Fair in February 2021. 

About Novel Fair

Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to some of the top publishers and literary agents from across Ireland and the UK, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of some of the most influential people in the publishing world. 

Novel Fair has led to many successes throughout the years. Have a look at our Novel Fair video to get a sense of the excitement of the day. 

 Application Process

  • The submission period will close on Friday 25 September 2020
  • Entry fee for applications is €55.
  • There is no limitation on genre, or target market, the only requirement being that the writer has not published a novel before i.e. has not previously published a novel with an ISBN (see T&C's for more detailed information). 
  • Memoirs and works of non-fiction are will not be considered.
  • Applicants are required to send a synopsis of a max. of 300 words and up to five chapters of their novel, which should be 10,000 words (+/- 10%).
  • Please submit your application via Submittable 
  • There is a limit of one entry per applicant.

Entries are welcome from anywhere in the world, however, in order to be eligible, applicants must be available to attend the whole day of the Fair on 12 Feb 2021.

Before entering the competition, please ensure that you have read the Novel Fair Terms and Conditions very carefully as the Fair is open to previously unpublished aspiring novelists only. 

Irish Writers Centre