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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 2016

The Irish Writers' Union AGM was held in the Irish Writers' Centre on Saturday 5th March.

Guest Speakers were Conor Kostick and Laurence O'Bryan and, following refreshments, there was a book fair, with members displaying their books and giving visitors an opportunity to talk to authors.

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


JAMES PLUNKETT SHORT STORY AWARD

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We look forward to again running the esteemed Short Story Award and details will be announced shortly.

A highly entertaining and enjoyable evening was had by all at the 2014 James Plunkett Short Story Awards night, 4th November, at the Irish Writers' Centre, with Booker and IMPAC nominee Donal Ryan an excellent speaker. Our thanks to him for having to play such a difficult role of judge, highlighted by the three prize winners. Choosing between them all could not have been easy, as well as having to leave out others, with only three prizes on offer. Congratulations to all who entered.

However, there could only be three winners and they were PAT MURPHY (1st place, 'Fifty Cheers'), DEIRDRE MANNING (2nd place, 'An Odd Way Of Loving') and KEVIN HURLEY (3rd place, 'Letters To A Mother').

Congratulations to all three and our thanks to them for reading on the night. We can now look forward to the 2015 James Plunkett Awards, so get writing!

Pictured are Donal Ryan, Pat Murphy, Deirdre Manning, Kevin Hurley and Seán Carabini (photography courtesy of Maria O'Donoghue).



Irish Writers' Union 25th Anniversary Event

The anniversary celebration held at the Guinness Storehouse,on the evening of Saturday 15th December, proved an excellent event and the special guest was honorary IWU member President Michael D. Higgins, one of the Union's original members, who made a point of mingling and chatting with every guest, posing for photos with all. Many are now available to be viewed on our website here. All can be sent out to members on request.


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