Mercier Press announce fiction competition for first-time authors

Ireland’s oldest independent publishing house, Mercier Press has launched a fantastic competition to find a first-time fiction author with the potential to become a bestselling writer. The Mercier Press Fiction Competition will be accepting manuscripts from unpublished authors from 21 September 2016 to 1 February 2017.  In addition to a publishing deal, the winner will receive a €1000 cash prize.

Mercier PressMercier Press Managing Director Mary Feehan commented: ‘Mercier Press has a history of nurturing new talent.  In an ideal world we will find our next John B. Keane, but, our main reason for running this competition is to encourage creative writing.  For both authors and publishers fiction is a hugely competitive genre and we are keen to publish the best fiction Ireland has to offer.’

To enter aspiring authors must submit 10,000-12,000 words of original fiction aimed at young adults or adults, as well as a 1,000 word synopsis of the full novel. Full details can be found

Entrants must be resident in Ireland and are only eligible to enter if they have not had a novel published or released into the public domain in any format, including but not limited to the Internet. The competition is looking for new work.  The closing date for submissions is 1 February 2017.

Full details and terms & condition can be found at Click on the ‘About Us’ tab and then ‘Fiction Competition 2017.’

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