Announcing the 2018 J.G. Farrell Fiction Award

Posted on: Monday, 09th April 2018 @ 2:04pm

J G Farrell

The J.G. Farrell Fiction Award 2018 – for the best opening chapter of a novel-in-progress by a writer resident in Munster – will this year be adjudicated by novelist Katharine Weber. The prize includes a place on Katharine Weber’s Novel Writing workshop, which is one of the workshops taking place during our West Cork Literary Festival (Friday 13 – Friday 20 July 2018). The winner will also be awarded accommodation during the week of the West Cork Literary Festival. 

Applicants must submit the first chapter of their novel (max 3,000 words) via email and also two printed copies (double-spaced and printed on one side of the page only) by Friday 18 May. Place your name and address on a separate sheet with the printed copies. Please send two hard copies to JG Farrell Award, West Cork Literary Festival, 13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co Cork and email a copy to with ‘JG Farrell Award’ in the subject line. Entries will only be considered if submitted in both hard copy and by email. Late entries will not be accepted and entries will not be returned.

The award will be adjudicated by Katharine Weber. Katharine is the author of eight books including Still Life With Monkey, Triangle, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women. She has held the Richard L.Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College since 2012, and has taught at Yale University and the Paris Writers Workshop.

J.G. Farrell was born in Liverpool and died at the age of 44, when he was swept into the sea while fishing from rocks near his home in Kilcrohane, West Cork. His book Troubles won the Faber Prize in 1971, and in 2010 it won the Lost Man Booker Prize. The Siege of Kirshnapur, Farrell’s novel about the Indian Mutiny of 1957, carried off the Booker Prize in 1973. In 2008, The Siege of Krishnapur was shortlisted for the Best of Booker public vote. West Cork Literary Festival would like to thank Richard Farrell for his continued sponsorship of this award, now in its ninth year.

West Cork Literary Festival is funded by the Arts Council, Cork County Library and Arts Service and Fáilte Ireland. 

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