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Date With An Agent 2019 - Submission


Date With An Agent 2019 - Submission

Calling All Aspiring Authors! Your Chance For A Date With An Agent...

Have you written a bestseller or a Hollywood blockbuster? If you’re a writer looking for a literary agent and lots of sound advice on to get your book into print or your script to the screen, put Date With An Agent and the associated Getting Published Conference 2019 in your diary now! 

The International Literature Festival Dublin and are inviting SIX top literary and screen agents and TWO top London editors to Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday 25th May 2019 to explain exactly how the publishing industry works, and what you need to do to make it work for you.  Also hear from 3 debut novelists how they got their deals and how things happened for them. This time next year it could be you joining our experts on stage!

We’re changing the format a tiny bit this year with each agent having 10 one-to-one meetings with prospective authors. Send us sample of your work (closing date 31st March 2019) and you could be selected to meet with an agent. Each agent will meet 10 writers whose work they will receive in advance. Whether you are writing for children or adults, whether your book is speculative fiction, women’s fiction, non-fiction or literary fiction, or you’re writing a TV or film script we have an agent for you!

For the first time we are inviting screen scripts and are very excited to be joined by Ellen Gallagher from Casarotto Ramsay & Associates who are an agency who do not accept open submissions from new writers – this is an incredible opportunity to get your work seen by them.

All submissions to the open call will be read by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and the Inkwell team who are Ireland’s leading literary scouts and always on the lookout for new talent. The script and screen submissions will be read by experts in the area with the final 10 selected by BBC Script Editor Kieran Grimes, who works regularly with Inkwell in this area.

What are you waiting for?

The Agents

Sallyanne Sweeney: MMB Creative

Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating she joined Watson, Little Ltd, becoming a Director of the company in 2011. She joined Mulcahy Associates in 2013 where she is now a Director, and is growing her list of authors and illustrators for children (picture books to Young Adult) and adults. Awards her clients have won or been shortlisted for include the Irish Book Awards, Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Waterstones Children's Book Prize and Sainsbury's Children’s Book Awards. Passionate about the editorial side of agenting, Sallyanne enjoys both working with debuts and helping established authors take their careers to the next level. Her fiction tastes are wide-ranging, from the literary to the very commercial, but she is always excited by a distinctive voice, strong storytelling and a fresh premise. She will fight to champion anything that makes her laugh or cry (preferably both). Sallyanne is also interested in memoirs, food writing and thought-provoking non-fiction. She is a regular speaker at writing festivals and events and has been the Chair of the Children's Agents' Circle since 2014. 

Nicola Barr: The Bent Agency

Nicola arrived at The Bent Agency via a long stint as an agent at Greene & Heaton, having spent her formative publishing years at the much-missed literary imprint of HarperCollins, Flamingo. During that time I’ve worked as a reviewer for the Guardian, the Observer, the Scotsman and others. She has represented many bestselling commercial fiction authors, Richard & Judy bestsellers, award-winning crime fiction and commercial women’s fiction. She’s still very much on the lookout for upmarket commercial well-written fiction in these areas, particularly if they speak to a social issue, shine a light on a true-life injustice, have an atypical hero or heroine. Thrillers have to be incredibly fresh and original. In YA, she’s most passionate about grounded contemporary. …Nicola’s first and enduring love is literary fiction and she is always looking to grow that area of her list, whether elegant and page-turning or unsettling and experimental. She loves to read about families, about oddballs, about women struggling and women achieving, about the disenfranchised, and occasionally likes darker than dark and to be made to laugh.

A committed Londoner, Nicola was born and raised in a working-class part of Northern Ireland during the Troubles, then studied at the University of Glasgow. She is actively looking to build on the brilliant Irish, Northern Irish and Scottish writers.

Polly Nolan: The Greenhouse Literary Agency

Polly Nolan became Greenhouse's UK agent in 2013. Greenhouse is a transatlantic agency with experience of representing clients in both the North American and UK markets. With a wealth of publishing experience, Polly was formerly Editorial Director of Fiction at Scholastic and associate publishing director for fiction at Macmillan Children's Books.

Polly is actively building her list and is interested in hearing from authors who are writing picture books, young fiction series, Middle Grade and Young Adult. She will consider a wide range of genres but middle grade and funny stories for 5-11 are her particular areas of interest. She’s looking for books with an arresting voice, strong concept, and heart and emotional pull. 

Kate Nash: Kate Nash Literary

An author, publisher, publicist and marketer, Kate has seen every side of publishing and set up her own literary agency so she could do "the best job in publishing". Kate's reading tastes - from romance to thrillers - are highly commercial.

Kate has a degree in History (BA Hons.) from the University of York and later garnered two undergraduate modules in Creative Writing and Literature from the Open University (both with Distinction!).  She also holds a postgraduate certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Kate enjoys travel, wine, the theatre and fine art. She is also a trustee of the Catholic Truth Society (CTS), a 150-year-old charity who are the UK publishers to the Holy See. 

Simon Trewin

After a literary career of twenty five years, the last six years as a Partner at world talent agency WME, and previously as a founder director at United Agents, Simon Trewin has set up his own agency. Simon Trewin Ltd will be representing authors, brands and entrepreneurs in the areas of art, culture, digital, literature, and live events. Simon will continue to work with many of his Irish clients, developing new and exciting projects.

Ellen Gallagher: Casarotto Ramsey

Ellen Gallagher works with film and TV writers and directors at Casarotto Ramsay and Associates, assisting two senior agents and building her own client list. Previously she worked in the media department at Blake Friedmann Agency, working with esteemed crime writing clients including Paul Finch and Peter James, as well as stints at production companies Hammer Films and Scott Free Films.

Casarotto Ramsay & Associates was founded in 1989 and represents many of the world’s best known writers, directors, literary properties, and below the line talent in film, theatre and television.

They are a fiercely independent boutique agency, and are proud of their personal touch. Their clients range from newer talents to very well established names, which means that we work across the complete spectrum. Based in London, Casarotto Ramsey operate internationally. 

Submission + Terms & Conditions

Please fill out details and make payment online of €12* by clicking on 'Tickets' above.

Once you have made your online payment, please print out your confirmation and include this with your  submission documentation:

For Books

Author biography (max 500 words)

Synopsis (max 1000 words)

Opening chapters  (opening 1500 words of your book)

Fpr Script (TV/Film, no plays)

Author biography (max 500 words)

25-word logline and a one paragraph per act synopsis

The full script or minimum first 30 pages if not complete

Please attach your synopsis to the opening 1,500 words of your book/complete script. Please keep them separate from the application form so they can be read anonymously.

Please ensure:

For Books:     

Your submission is double line spaced

Printed in 12pt Times New Roman or Arial


That your name does not appear on the chapter submission

That your book title appears on every page of your submission (in header or footer)

Your submission consists of the opening 1,500 words of your book and a synopsis (no longer than 1000 words).

N.B. Do not send your full book.

For Scripts:

Your submission is in the correct layout for script

Your submission is double line spaced

Printed in 12pt Times New Roman or Arial     


That your name does not appear on the script submission

That your film/series title appears on every page of your script submission (in header or footer)

*A booking fee of €1 applies per submission.

and send by post to the following address:

International Literature Festival DublinBoxroom Productions,GEC, Taylor’s Lane,Dublin, D08 DDE9, Ireland 


The International Literature Festival Dublin Date with An Agent event is open to unagented writers of any nationality writing in English, 18 years old and over at the time of the closing date.

Submissions may be fiction (novel or short story collection) or non-fiction, TV or film scripts (no plays)

Submissions will only be accepted in the format specified. All submission fees are non-refundable.

Submissions need to be sent by post. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HAND DELIVER.

Multiple submissions are accepted. Please do not feel they have to be in separate envelopes! They can be mailed together. Writers may make as many submissions as they choose but each submission should be accompanied by your confirmation letter and the submission fee must be paid for each submission.

Books/script do not need to be completed but please indicate the full word count of the manuscript (what you actually have rather than what you hope to have!). Script must have a minimum of 30 completed pages.

All payments will need to be made online via Applications without online payments will not be admitted. Please note the festival does not accept payments by cheque or postal order.

If your application is successful for an agent meeting, you will be notified by 29th April 2019 and required to book a conference ticket for Saturday 25th May 2019 Date with an Agent at a cost of €65. Ticket price includes tea/coffee.

If you are unsuccessful in being selected, come along to the conference and get tips from our agents and the publishing professionals attending on how to make your submission stronger (cost €65).

Writers not submitting work for consideration are also very welcome to attend the Getting Published conference at a cost of €65.

The International Literature Festival Dublin is not responsible for travel or accommodation for participants. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please notify International Literature Festival Dublin immediately so your place can be transferred. Bookings are non-refundable except in special circumstances.

The selector’s decision will be final and no correspondence may be entered into, however in addition to the shortlist of selected writers, there will be a reserve list compiled, if appropriate, in case of cancellation. If a cancellation occurs you will be notified as soon as possible and offered a place. Due to the logistics of selection International Literature Festival Dublin cannot notify unsuccessful candidates.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Submission is open to books that have been self-published, but not to books that have been previously published by a publishing house.

Please inform us immediately if you accept an offer of representation elsewhere prior to the event. Submission & booking fees will not be refunded

Entries are not returned; make sure you keep a copy.

Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made.  If entrants wish to correct errors they must submit a new entry, marked ‘Final Version’ on the title page, and enter again with payment of the entry fee.  No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into.

Please ensure that you use the correct postage.  If insufficient postage is used, International Literature Festival Dublin will not pay the additional postage required and the entry will be returned by An Post.

Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘DATE WITH AN AGENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your entry.

It is not possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone or email correspondence.

Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.

Entries will not be eligible where the author is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of the festival or a close family relative of any such person. Writers currently serving a term of imprisonment are ineligible for the event.

International Literature Festival Dublin reserves the right to alter the proposed programme without notice.

In entering your submission, you agree that your contact details will be added to the International Literature Festival Dublin and Inkwell Group/ e-mailing lists. Your details will not be shared with any third parties.

In entering your submission, you are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions

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