That Killer First Page – Submitting to Competitions and Journals
Crescent Arts Centre
2-4 University Street
Belfast BT7 1NH
August 5th. 10am-1pm
This year Paul is judging:
The Penny Dreadful Novella Prize alongside Sara Baume and Colin Barrett. Deadline: Sept 30.
The I is Another Short Story Competiton from Holland Park Press alongside Laura Del-Rivo. Deadline: Aug 31.
The sole judge of the Bare Ficton Short Story Prize. Deadline: Oct 31.
You’ll find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile. You’ll write a short piece and get feedback on that crucial story opening. In a form where every word counts, get tips on staying focused on your story and where to start the action. You’ll also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.
How to get the attention of competition judges and editors
Writing fiction with emotional impact
Writing that killer first page
How to edit your story
Where to send your work
Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has been published in journals inc The Stinging Fly and anthologies and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He has read his work for BBC Radio 5, at the International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna, Belfast Book Festival and the Cork International Short Story Festival. Upcoming at Wroclaw Short Story Festival, Poland.
Reviews for his writing:
“Absolutely loved it. The voice of that story is so arresting.” Jackie Kay
“Beautiful and very moving.” Booker shortlisted Alison Moore
“Its such a clever story, gentle, poignant, emotionally straight as a dart.” Vanessa Gebbie
“(one of) Ireland’s most exciting and talented writers. Incredibly moving; poignant but utterly real, funny and beautifully observant.” BBC Radio 4
“Paul McVeigh’s story stands out. Funny, moving, poignant. Brilliant.” Metro Newspaper
Paul’s short story blog shares writing opportunities and advice and gets 40,000 hits a month internationally. He’s interviewed short story masters like Kevin Barry, Cate Kennedy, Laura van den Berg, Elizabeth McCracken and George Saunders. Paul co-founded and has been the Director of London Short Story Festival for the last 2 years and is Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s leading short story literary salon. He is a reader and judge for national and international short story competitions.
This event sold out in Melbourne at Writers Victoria, Waterstones Piccadilly, London and Cork World Book Festival.
Comments on this class:
“Fantastic! Practical, targeted advice like this is wonderful!”
“This was my fav course yet! Informative, entertaining, and engaging. Hard to beat.””I emerged from the sleepy hamlet of my writing infancy last Saturday and was sky-rocketed, hurricaned, tsunamied, autobahned and g-forced out of my head by Paul McVeigh’s “That Killer First Page” Masterclass at Waterstones, Piccadilly. He’s on top of his game, gives instinctive, constructive criticism and in a few short hours, had conveyed the essence of how to make a story compelling and unputdownable from the first few lines. Get on one of his courses if you can.”
Paul’s debut novel ‘The Good Son’ is out with Salt Publishing.
‘A work of genius…’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Olen Butler
‘Outstanding.’ Granta Best Young Novelist Toby Litt
‘I was blown away… A wildly important new talent.’ Laura van den Berg
‘One of those characters you believe in with all your heart.’ Booker shortlisted Alison Moore
‘Establishes McVeigh as an important new Irish voice.’ Lucy Caldwell
Places are limited to 20
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