April 30, 2021
Announcing the opening of submissions for the inaugural Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien Manuscript prize. The Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien is one of Ireland's most vibrant and successful festivals which has been running since 1984 and it showcases in a diverse and eclectic programme the best in Irish and international contemporary literature. The Festival takes place the last weekend in February annually in Limerick City. The event continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author, while attracting prominent participants from all over the world. Building on this significant history, the Limerick Literary Festival seeks to promote Limerick nationally as a place of literary excellence and to provide a platform where readers can meet their favourite authors and other readers.
2020 marks the presentation of the 6th annual Kate O’Brien Award for a debut novel/short story collection by an Irish female author as part of the 36th annual Limerick Literary Festival. The Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author, while attracting prominent participants from all over the world.
In 2021 for the first time the Limerick Literary Festival will offer a prize for an unpublished Irish author for the best manuscript received. For the last 7 years the festival has awarded the Kate O’Brien Award for an a debut novel from a female Irish Author and this new initiative is an exciting addition to the festivals suite of supports for emerging Irish writers of all ages.
The Prize, which has been generously supported for 5 years by Paul and Aileen Finucane, will see the winning manuscript be designed and printed in a limited 500 copy run to be launched each year at the festival. The Deadline for submissions for 2021 is Friday May 28th with a winner to be chosen in late summer and the winning manuscript then to be sent for editing and printing in time for the 2022 festival. The prize is open to all Irish authors who are to date unpublished and have not signed with a publishing house. Submissions will be accepted via the festival website www.limerickliteraryfestival.com with a €25 submission fee for each manuscript entered.