Irish Writers' Union

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If you are a writer, then you are a writer; established, struggling, or forever hopeful, so join with other writers for the benefit of all.

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E Book Authors: The Irish Writers Union is for you!

The IWU recognises that a greater and greater part of the world of writing, publishing and reading consists of e-books. If you are an author of e-books, whether self-published or otherwise, then you should consider joining up with your colleagues in the IWU. Full membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate €250 worth of sales and associate membership to anyone who has published an e-book.

In return, you become part of a growing and vibrant community of Irish (or Irish-interest) authors, you receive our monthly Final Draft (and are welcome to advertise your new titles for free there).

· You are showing solidarity with your colleagues both in print and electronic publishing.

· You are entitled to free contract advice for IWU members. This is especially important in regard to reversion of rights clauses for e-books (don’t license your e-book to a publisher in perpetuity).

· The IWU advocate for 50% royalties for e-book sales.

· The IWU were one of the main organisations campaigning for the introduction of Public Lending Right to Ireland and we are now campaigning for PLR to be extended to cover e-book loans.

· We advocate that e-books pay the same VAT rate as printed books, which is 0% in Ireland.

· We believe that e-book authors of quality literature should be recognised in public awards.


AGM 2017

The Irish Writers' Union AGM was held in Poetry Ireland on Saturday 11th March.

Guest Speaker was literary agent Jonathan Williams, who entertained the audience with a relaxed and informative guide to getting an agent, with many insightful tips.

We look forward to seeing you all next year, non-members always welcome!


Awards, Bursaries and Events

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We look forward to again running an esteemed Short Story Award later in 2017 after a two-year break.

A highly entertaining and enjoyable evening was had by all at the February "speed-dating" networking event organised between Union members and directors from the Irish Screen Directors Guild. We hope to see many books brought to the big screen in the near future!

An opportunity to take a one-week break at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre will be offered to one lucky Union member in the coming weeks, please see the monthly newsletter FINAL DRAFT for details.

Pictured left are Donal Ryan, Pat Murphy, Deirdre Manning, Kevin Hurley and Seán Carabini following our last Short Story Awards Evening (photography courtesy of Maria O'Donoghue).



Irish Writers' Union 25th Anniversary Event

Photos from the anniversary celebration held at the Guinness Storehouse, when special guest was honorary IWU member President Michael D. Higgins, one of the Union's original members, may be viewed on our website here. All can be sent out to members on request.


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