Lit Review | 112 | Dublin One City One Book & the Rooney Prize for Literature

“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.”

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Lit Review has been off living its life but now it’s back with all your literary news and truths…


Dublin One City One Book

The Dublin One City One Book for 2018 is The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson and published by New Island Books. The Long Gaze Back features short stories by 30 Irish writers, spanning four centuries. It won The Best Irish-Published Book at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in 2016. It features short stories by Eimear McBride, Mary Costello, June Caldwell, Anne Enright, Eimear Ryan and many more fantastic Irish writers. Be sure to get a copy before April. Though if you can’t wait it’s probably okay to read it now then read it again in April.   

Rooney Prize for Literature

Elizabeth Reapy recently won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin. The €10,000 prize is awarded for a body of work by a young Irish writer that shows exceptional promise. Reapy’s debut novel, Red Dirt was published in 2016. Six members of the selection panel read work by 15 to 20 eligible writers, but they were unanimous in their choice. Red Dirt won the Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards. Previous winners of the prize include Anne Enright, Kevin Barry and Colum McCann.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

John Boyne and Sebastian Barry have both been longlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be announced on October 25, 2017. Boyne has been longlisted for his book The Heart’s Invisible Furies, while Barry was longlisted for Days Without End. The competition includes Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Jeffrey Eugenides. The medal winner will be announced in February 2018.

Intern Applications for Big Smoke Writing Factory

Big Smoke Writing Factory is currently accepting part-time intern applications for Autumn/Winter 2017. If you’re interested email them at [email protected] with your CV with a brief cover note. They are looking for people with an interest in the arts (particularly writing) who are dedicated, enthusiastic and self-motivated. A fondness for caffeine and biscuits helps though I’m sure they won’t discriminate if you have a caffeine intolerance.

Nobel Prize for Literature 2017

Also, we should probably mention that Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday 5th of October, though you probably already knew that…

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Kazuo Ishiguro – Source

Submissions & Competitions

Banshee Lit is now open to submissions for its spring/summer 2018 issue. Check out their submission guidelines for more information. Deadline October 31st.

Belfast-based magazine of new writing The Tangerine is currently open for submissions. They particularly welcome submissions from women, people of colour, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities. Deadline October 20th.

Theatre Company Druid is crrently accepting scripts. The company is open to plays in English until November 30th. For more information check out their website.

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition (organized by the Munster Literature Centre) is open to submissions until November 30, 2017. More details about the competition and how to submit can be found here.

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