Monthly Archives: February 2014

Roy’s Keen – and so too is Molly: The Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014

Good Golly Miss Molly!
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Free Nelson Mandela, you say?  Free Molly Keane, more like.
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This is the link =- http://www.waterfordcoco.ie/en/services/arts/latestnews/mainbody,41105,en.html
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 This short story competition costs you absolutely nothing to enter – it’s completely free. Like FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, NELSON MANDELA.  As I said. Like the water in your taps.
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So if you’ve a short story sitting around at home refusing to pay for the electricity it takes up on your Laptop, bleeding you dry, then put it into the bath, dry it off, spray it with false-tan until it’s as nice and orange as a glistening D4 solicitor, and enter it into this competition forthwith.
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But only if you  want to, mind. No pressure.
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Whatever.
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What they’re saying about this competition already –
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“I haven’t been this excited since I saw the Dutch tax-rate for non-residents for the first time.” Bono.
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Anyway, here’s a bit of their blurb – ( and, as you know,  I do like a good blurb me).
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Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014

 
For the 17th year the Arts Office of Waterford County Council is pleased to announce details of this award.
The late writer who lived until her death in 1996 in Ardmore, Co. Waterford started writing at a young age to ‘supplement her dress allowance’.
Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell.
She married into the Keane family of West Waterford but sadly her husband died at the age of 36.
Molly ceased writing until 1981 when ‘Good Behaviour’ was published under her real name.  It became a publishing sensation and was well received as a masterpiece of black comedy for which she was short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.
 
To celebrate this rich literary life, the County Waterford Arts Office by kind permission of the Keane family is inviting entries for a previously unpublished short story.

 

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Anyone Want to Go Dutch? A Novel Opportunity for Writers. Ribbit. Ribbit.

If you’ve got a novel at home sitting around doing nothing except smoking cigarettes, drinking beer and flicking popcorn at your head until a willing publisher comes along with a big pile of cash, then this novel opportunity is definitely for YOU!
See attached link from Dublin Writers Festival.
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You can send your novel in for a tenner, it seems, with a chance to pitch it to various publishers if selected.  It even applies to novels that have been self-published.*  Sounds all good to me, as Mister Dempsey would sing.
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Get your novel out of the house now!
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Who knows?  – this time next year you could be a best-selling millionaire and trying to move all your cash to Holland for tax purposes like Bono while still enjoying all the public benefits of actually living and breathing in Ireland. * A definite win-win situation I’m sure you’ll agree! You’ve now officially found what you’ve been looking for. Dah-Dah!
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Even Alan Purple the giant electronic frog with pink lips is sending in his coming-of-age novel!
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*A beginners course in Dutch and a free phrasebook is also included with the prize, apparently.
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What people are saying already about this competition –
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“It’s does exactly what it says on the Tintern Abbey.” William Wordsworth.
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This is a little of their blurb for your information (and I do like a good blurb me, as you know) –
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The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 27th March.
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Ever dream of writing a bestseller? Then this is the event for you! We are looking for 60 top quality authors to pitch their work to 5 leading literary agents in Ireland’s largest ever talent spotting event. To be in with a chance to take part in the event, submit the first 10 pages of your completed book in hard copy with the application form and €10 entry fee. The successful chosen applicants will be given the opportunity to attend a special seminar day on publishing and pitch their book to one of the following agents:
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  • Faith O’Grady of the Lisa Richards Agency (general and commercial fiction)
  • Simon Trewin, Partner and Head of Literary at WME (literary & short fiction)
  • Madeleine Milburn, Madeleine Milburn Literary TV & Film Agency (crime fiction)
  • Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates (young adult)
Polly Nolan of the Greenhouse Literary Agency (picture books up to middle grade)
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These are a few of my Imaginary Things Number 2

My writing group is called Inksplinters.

THE INKSPLINTERS ANTHOLOGY 2014  HAS GOT ITS HAT ON AND IS COMING OUT TO PLAY VERY SOON INDEED.

my favourite things

That’s not the cover by the way.

A few advance copies have been given to various “individuals” for review and comment.

The second one is now in.

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Imaginary Things I Think People Might Be Saying About Inksplinters Anthology 2014 In The Near Future. PossiblyNumber 2:

 “It’s better than sex.” Pope Francis.

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Praise indeed.

Tune in next time to hear more.

If you wish

or dare to dream.

Camillus John.

These are a few of my Imaginary Things

My writing group is called Inksplinters.

THE INKSPLINTERS ANTHOLOGY 2014  HAS GOT ITS HAT ON AND IS COMING OUT TO PLAY VERY SOON INDEED.

my favourite things

That’s not the cover by the way.

A few advance copies have been given to various “individuals” for review and comment.

The first one is just in (name withheld to protect the innocent).

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Imaginary Things I Think People Might Be Saying About Inksplinters Anthology 2014 In The Near Future. PossiblyNumber 1:

 “Like most people, I hate creative-writing anthologies. But this one is ok.”

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Praise indeed.

Tune in next time to hear more.

If you wish

or dare to dream.

Camillus John.