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Date with an Agent 2018 Open Now!

Have you got a bestseller up your sleeve? If you’re a writer looking for a literary agent and LOTS of sound advice on to get your book into print, put Date With An Agent and the associated Getting Published Conference in your diary now!

The International Literature Festival Dublin and are inviting 5 top literary agents and 3 top London publishers to Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday 26th May to explain exactly how the publishing industry works, and what you need to do to make it work for you.

Send us sample of your work (closing date 26th March 2018) and you could be selected to participate in an intimate workshop with an agent specialising in your genre. In the one hour workshop the agent will discuss writing a synopsis and pitching your work, answer questions and give you a personal insight into the business. Each agent will receive the work of the 15 writers they will meet in their workshop in advance.

Five authors from each workshop will go on to have one-to-one meetings with the agents.

All submissions to the open call will be read by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and the Inkwell team who are Ireland’s leading literary scouts and always on the lookout for new talent. What are you waiting for?!

Click here for submission details!

Simon Trewin has been a literary agent for twenty five years and is a Partner in the London office of WME – part of the Endeavor Group. He works with authors at all stages of their careers and is always open to new opportunities. As technology further shifts the balance of power in media and puts more power in the hands of the creator, Endeavor is uniquely positioned at the nexus of entertainment, sports and fashion to create powerful opportunities for our clients and partners across the globe.

Ivan Mulcahy’s first career was largely spent with media giant Reuters, until 2002 when he set up his London-based literary agency, Mulcahy Associates. He has represented books by Clare Balding, Ha-Joon Chang, Ian Kelly, David Mitchell and Robert Webb and Dame Vivienne Westwood. His interest in finding Irish writing new Irish talent, such as Lisa McInerney, has created a core agency strength. In 2016 Mulcahy Associates joined with Milburn Browning TV/Film talent agency to form MMB Creative. See Ivan’s interview with the Irish Times in February 2015

Julia Churchill joined A.M.Heath in 2013 to run the children’s department. She’s always on the lookout for new writing talent, looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.

Piers Blofeld is an agent at Sheil Land Associates, a long established literary, theatrical and film agency. Piers is looking for clients that write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, all types of contemporary and literary women’s fiction, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, young adult, science fiction and fantasy. Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency dating back to 1962 and is one of the top five literary agencies in the UK.

Tanera Simons has recently joined the Darley Anderson Literary Agency and is building the women’s fiction list. She is a huge fan of commercial romances, and is open to all submissions within the genre: she has a particular passion for strong female leads and authors with a unique voice. He has recently sold two debut authors, Beth O’Leary (whose novel, The Flatshare, was one of Frankfurt Book Fair’s hot titles) and Sandie Jones (The Other Woman), for six figures in the UK and the US. The Flatshare has already sold into 26 territories, despite not being published until 2019.


Please fill out details and make payment online of €10* (+ Eventbrite fees)

Once you have made your online payment, please print out your confirmation and include this with your

Author biography (max 500 words)
Synopsis (max 1000 words)
Opening chapters (opening 1500 words of your book)

Please attach your synopsis (maximum of 1000 words) to the opening 1,500 words of your book. Please keep them separate from the application form so they can be read anonymously.

Please ensure:

● Your submission is double line spaced

● Printed in 12pt Times New Roman or Arial


● That your name does not appear on the chapter submission

● That your book title appears on every page of your submission (in header or footer)

● Your submission consists of the opening 1,500 words of your book and a synopsis (no longer than 1000 words).

● Do not send your full book.

Submissions should be sent by post to the following address:

International Literature Festival Dublin
Boxroom Productions,
GEC, Taylor’s Lane
Dublin 8


The International Literature Festival Dublin Date with An Agent event is open to unagented writers of any nationality writing in English, 18 years old and over at the time of the closing date.

Submissions may be fiction (novel or short story collection) or non-fiction.

Submissions will only be accepted in the format specified. All submission fees are non-refundable.

The submission address is International Literature Festival Dublin, Boxroom Productions, GEC, Taylor’s Lane, Dublin 8. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HAND DELIVER.

Multiple submissions are accepted. Please do not feel they have to be in separate envelopes! They can be mailed together. Writers may make as many submissions as they choose but each submission should be accompanied by your confirmation letter and the submission fee must be paid for each submission.

Books do not need to be completed but please indicate the full word count of the manuscript (what you actually have rather than what you hope to have!)

All payments will need to be made online via Eventbrite. Applications without online payments will not be admitted. Please note the festival does not accept payments by cheque or postal order.

If your application is successful, you will be notified by FRIDAY 7TH APRIL 2018 and required to book a conference ticket for Saturday 26th May Date with an Agent at a cost of €60. Ticket price includes tea/coffee.

If you are unsuccessful in being selected, come along to the conference and get tips from our agents and the publishing professionals attending on how to make your submission stronger. Tickets are €60.

Writers not submitting work for consideration are also very welcome to attend the Getting Published conference at a cost of €60.

The International Literature Festival Dublin is not responsible for travel or accommodation for participants. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please notify International Literature Festival Dublin immediately so your place can be transferred. Bookings are non-refundable except in special circumstances.

The selector’s decision will be final and no correspondence may be entered into, however in addition to the shortlist of selected writers, there will be a reserve list compiled, if appropriate, in case of cancellation. If a cancellation occurs you will be notified as soon as possible and offered a place. Due to the logistics of selection International Literature Festival Dublin cannot notify unsuccessful candidates.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Submission is open to books that have been self-published, but not to books that have been previously published by a publishing house.

Please inform us immediately if you accept an offer of representation elsewhere prior to the event. Submission & booking fees will not be refunded

Entries are not returned; make sure you keep a copy.

Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made. If entrants wish to correct errors they must submit a new entry, marked ‘Final Version’ on the title page, and enter again with payment of the entry fee. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into.

Please ensure that you use the correct postage. If insufficient postage is used, International Literature Festival Dublin will not pay the additional postage required and the entry will be returned by An Post.

Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘DATE WITH AN AGENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your entry.

It is not possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone or email correspondence.

Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.

Entries will not be eligible where the author is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of the festival or a close family relative of any such person. Writers currently serving a term of imprisonment are ineligible for the event.

International Literature Festival Dublin reserves the right to alter the proposed programme without notice.

In entering your submission, you agree that your contact details will be added to the International Literature Festival Dublin and Inkwell Group/ e-mailing lists. Your details will not be shared with any third parties.

In entering your submission, you are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.

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