Meet The Publisher

Saturday 4th July, 2020       10am +

The Presentation Centre

We are delighted to announce the return of Wexford Literary Festival’s Meet the Publisher! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for writers to meet a literary publisher and pitch their manuscript!

In 2013 and 2018, this event resulted in a number of success stories – Caroline Busher and Joan Brady bypassed the slush pile and placed their sample chapters directly into the hands of Trace Literary Agency, who then went on to secure them both a book deal with Poolbeg Press.

We congratulate Pamela Hobbs who met Paula at the 2018 Wexford Literary Festival’s Meet The Publisher. She has recently been told that she has secured a THREE BOOK publishing deal with Poolbeg Press. Congratulations Pamela!

Successful applicants will be given a ten-minute slot with Paula Campbell, Publisher, Poolbeg Press and her associate, Poolbeg Publishing. 

Neither publisher will have read your synopsis. That is used to cull the applicants and so go into your pitch knowing that they know NOTHING.

Terms and Conditions:

TWO PUBLISHERS focussing on literature for either:

Children ; or


Your Submission:

You are to write a synopsis or summary of your story ;

an extract that shows your writing style, perhaps in the context of your ‘overview of the storyline:

why you believe your work should be selected;

around a page max.

It is your pitch to make a panel want to select YOUR book/YOU as one of 12 to be interviewed by Paula Campbell. On the day, the Publisher WILL NOT have read your Synopsis.

Submissions are accepted from 13 January – 13 April, 2020

Submit to :

SUBJECT: Meet The Publisher + your name.

All applicants must hold a FULL FESTIVAL Ticket values at €50 to apply. 

Click the link to pay for the 2020 Ticket and your book entry:

10 Euro Entry.

Limited to one entry per application.

Open internationally. All travel expenses incurred are the applicants.

Applicants must have 3 sample chapters (Up to 6,000 words maximum) with them on July 4th,  to pass to the relevant publisher. You will meet at The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy according to you allotted interview time.

MAXIMUM of 24 writers. 

Successful applicants will be notified end of May, by email.

Good luck!