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2020 J G Farrell Award


  Tuesday 26 May 2020

The JG Farrell Fiction Award is for the best opening chapter of a novel-in-progress by a writer resident in Munster. The prize is a place on the West Cork Literary Festival’s online Novel with Paul McVeigh workshop. This workshop was originally due to take place in Bantry this July and plans are currently underway to move the workshop online (full details including dates to follow soon).

Applicants must submit the first chapter of their novel (max 3000 words) via email to sara@westcorkmusic.ie with JG Farrell Award in the subject line by the extended deadline of Friday 5 June. Please attach the chapter as a separate document and put your name and address in the main body of the email. Only one entry per person and late entries will not be accepted.

The award will be adjudicated by Paul McVeigh. His debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam in France. The Good Son was also Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and was given out around the UK for World Book Night 2017. His short stories have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5, published in many journals and anthologies including The Stinging Fly, and Faber’s Being Various: New Irish Short Stories, as well as appearing on Sky Arts. His work has been translated into seven languages.

Paul has edited the Southword Journal, the Belfast Stories anthology and The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Writers which includes new work from Kevin Barry, Roddy Doyle and Lisa McInerney. He has judged many literary prizes including The Edge Hill Short Story Prize and The International Dylan Thomas Prize. He has taught his writing courses around the world including in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.


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 Krishnapur, about the Indian Mutiny of 1957, won the 1973 Booker Prize and in 2008 it was shortlisted for the Best of Booker public vote.

J G Farrell

West Cork Literary Festival would like to thank Richard Farrell for his continued sponsorship of this award, now in its eleventh year.

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