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 top publishers and literary agents, 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.

Read about former Novel Fair finalist Faith Hogan’s experience of the Novel Fair.

Over the past few years a range of publishers and agents have attended the Fair including Penguin Random House IrelandHachette IrelandTransworld IrelandCurtis BrownNew Island BooksO’Brien Press/BrandonLilliput PressTramp PressThe Book Bureau, John MurrayTinder PressMarianne Gunn O’Connor Literary AgencyJonathan Williams Literary AgencyLisa Richards AgencyFeldstein Agency and Author Rights Agency as well as New York based agent Regal Hoffmann & Associates.

There have been a number of success stories since the Novel Fair has been established, such as:

  • Janet E. Cameron’s novel Cinnamon Toast(Hachette)
  • Niamh Boyce’s novel The Herbalist(Penguin Ireland) which was longlisted for IMPAC 2015
  • Beatsploitationby Kevin Curran (Liberties Press)
  • Here In No Placeby Alan Timmons’ (New Island)
  • Daniel Seery’s novel A Model Partner(Liberties Press)
  • Andrea Carter’s novel Death at Whitewater Church(Constable & Robinson)

The deadline for Novel Fair submissions is Friday 20 October 2017. Entry fee for applications is €50 for non-members and €40 for IWC members and is non-refundable.


For more information on the Novel Fair 2018, see the Irish Writers Centre website or contact Kate Cunningham, Communications & Events Officer

t: +353 (0)1 872 1302