Calling All Aspiring Authors – A Chance For Your Date With An Agent

Always dreamed of seeing your work in the bestsellers list? Five leading agents are looking for you! The International Literature Festival Dublin, in conjunction with The Inkwell Group and, is calling on aspiring authors to enter Date With An Agent, Ireland’s largest talent-spotting event. 75 aspiring authors will be selected from submissions received in an open call, and will have the chance to pitch their work to five leading literary agents keen to sign new talent. Entry for submission opens on February 15th. For further information and to download an application form visit

Date With An Agent 2016 runs in conjunction with The Getting Published Conference, an event open to everyone, which brings experts from the world of publishing to Dublin for one day on May 28th. Getting Published will demystify the business of publishing, explaining how it all works from contract to bookshelf. Find out what needs to be included in your submission package to publishers or agents and who to approach. New for this year’s conference, Getting Published will feature a panel discussion with Story Consultant and Script Writer Eilish Kent and Script Editor of TV3’s Red Rock Kieran Grimes, offering advice to those looking to break into the world of television writing.

On the day the 75 preselected writers will have the chance to meet privately with an agent to pitch their work and receive valued professional feedback and advice, as well as participate in the conference. Agents include Simon Trewin, partner at WME London, and Polly Nolan from The Greenhouse Literary Agency. Simon has worked with authors who have been shortlisted for, or won the Man Booker, Costa Book of the Year and The Irish Book of the Year. Polly has worked with a diverse range of acclaimed authors including Roddy Doyle, Liz Pichon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Elizabeth Laird, Kevin Brooks and Andrew Lane.

Those attending the Getting Published conference will have the chance to enjoy:

Those attending the Getting Published conference will have the chance to enjoy:


To be in with a chance of being one of the lucky 75 chosen for a Date With An Agent writers are asked to submit the first 1,500 words of their work (fiction or non-fiction) in hard copy with a 1,000 word synopsis and 500 word author biography. Submissions will be assessed by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and a team of experienced literary consultants from The Inkwell Group. The closing date for submissions is midnight on Friday March 18th. Winners will be notified by April 7th.

Cost per each submission for Date With An Agent is €10. Tickets for Getting Published conference cost €50, with a number of tickets also available for public. For further information and to purchase tickets visit


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For further information: Nigel Goggin/Kerryann Conway, Conway Communications. Tel: 01 661 9728 or 087 604 1161 or 086 821 5246.

About International Literature Festival Dublin:

Founded in 1998 as Dublin Writers Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin brings to the fore the full diversity of the word, celebrating emerging and established poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, playwrights and lyricists among many others. Since its establishment International Literature Festival Dublin has presented luminaries of the literary world including Anne Enright, Irvine Welsh, James Salter, Seamus Heaney, Thomas Keneally, David Mitchell, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, Richard Dawkins, Rebecca Miller and Rebecca Solnit. In recent years the Festival has also substantially expanded its children’s programme catering for all age groups featuring writers and illustrators such as Oliver Jeffers, Sarah McIntyre and Hervé Tullet. The eclectic programme includes readings, interviews, discussions, debates, workshops, masterclasses, performances and screenings.