Fancy yourself as Ireland’s next big fiction writer? If so, Mercier Press want to hear from you

If you’ve had that niggling urge to get a book written, or have a story worth telling, then a competition currently being run by Cork-based Mercier Press.

The publishing house recently launched the semi self-titled Mercier Press Fiction Competition, targetted at the first-time fiction author “with the potential to become a best-selling writer”. Ultimately the publishing deal is the prize on offer, but it comes with €1,000 in cash and professional development and support to match.

How do I enter?

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 on

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.

To find out more, I had a chat with publicist Deirdre Roberts which you can hear below as she lays out the full details of the competition.

And what’s the full prize

The prize itself is a publishing deal with Mercier Press and this includes a few extras, namely

  • Professional cover design, including provision of cover image
  • Professional typesetting and interior layout design
  • Consultation with editor
  • Edit
  • Proofreading
  • Upload to eBook retailers, including Amazon
  • Marketing & Publicity Campaign

The €1,000 cash prize is paid upon sign-off of final manuscript. With close of applications in February, the long list selection will be announced in April 2017 followed by shortlisting in in May 2017. The overall winner will be announced in July 2017 for publication in June 2018.

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; lover of all things food and music. Currently working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.

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