Sunday, 1 January 2012

HAPPY 2012 - comps 'n' stuff


Ath-bhliain faoi mhaise! Happy new year, everyone!

My friend Alan McMonagle (recent Pushcart Prize nominee) is judging an exciting new short fiction comp from Galway-based publisher Doire Press. There is a poetry comp too and they are looking for stories up to 4000 words (or 4 to 6 poems). Winners will each receive 75 copies of their own professionally edited and printed chapbook (one for poetry, one for fiction), published by Doire Press. Chapbooks will be perfect-bound, contain up to 40 pages, feature colour front and back covers, as well as an isbn and barcode. Closing date is January 9th so get cracking!

Prairie Schooner also have an exciting comp. It's a book prize and is open to unpublished and published writers. They 'welcome manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English.' Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. Manuscripts should be mailed with a postmark between January 15th and March 15th. More here.

My forthcoming short story collection, Mother America, due in May from New Island, got a shout-out in the Irish Independent today in their look at what's coming out bookswise in early 2012. Yay! New collections also due from Kevin Barry, Éilis Ní Dhuibhne and Seamus Scanlon. And a novel from John Banville. And a new poetry collection from Paul Durcan - his 22nd - called Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being. 2012 is going to be a good reading year, methinks. I can't wait to stuff my Kindle with goodies :)

18 comments:

WiseMóna said...

Happy New Year to you Nuala.
Wishing you continued success with the wonderful world of words you weave.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thank you, Móna. Wishing you and your lovely family all that's godd in 2012. Continued success with the book-writing - it sounds like my kind of book. Nuala x

Parrish Lantern said...

Sounds like a great start to the year, best wishes to you & yours.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thank you, Parrish, and the same to you :)

Rachel Fenton said...

A post full of goodies! Happy New Year!

Insinbad said...

Good luck in letters to you in 2012 babe.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Happy Happy New Year N! Hope it is a brilliant one for you and yours - thanks for the heads up on those lovely books - on the list!

Mari G said...

Hi Nuala
Just read your honourable and apt ("fresh and vibrant talent") mention in Sunday Indo by Alison Walsh.
Look forward to you new collection & good luck with it.
Happy New Year!
Mari

Tania Hershman said...

Happy New Year, Nuala! I didn't know you had another short story collection coming out, that's made my January 1st, congratulations!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks so much, all.
Tania - just signed the contract before Xmas :)

Words A Day said...

Happy New year and thanks for the links to the comps:) Look forward to your new collection - is this the 9th book? - Mein Gott! big congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful 2012!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

It is, Niamh. I'm going to slow down from now on, honestly.

EMC said...

Happy New Year Nuala, thanks for the heads up re the competitions. E.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Right back at ya, Edel. Good luck if you enter! N x

Kar said...

Congrats on the mention in the Indo! hmmm at the top of the page too ;-) I like it!
'Fresh and vibrant talent', what a very cool way to be introduced into the New Year.

And what's this you mention about a Kindle???? You musta been on the nice list!

Happy New Year Nu and may your success continue through 2012! x

chillcat said...

Hi Nuala and congratulations on the new story collection. Keep the good energy flowing in 2012! ciao cat

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thanks a million, Kar. I'm buying myself a Kindle for my birthday, now that YOU is available as an e-book; I need to get in the swing. I know you don't approve but you'll come around eventually!!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Cat - thank you and congrats on 'Pelt'. Way to go :)