Call for Proposals for Rí Rá Festival of Literature

Irish Arts Center (NYC) and Children’s Books Ireland (DUBLIN) announce a call for proposals for workshops to be led by authors and/or illustrators from Ireland and/or the greater New York City area for the 3rd Annual Rí Rá Festival of Literature to be held in New York City on  November 19th 2017.

For the past two years Irish Arts Center and Children’s Books Ireland have worked together to produce an event that brings children and families together to creatively engage with literature. The festival encourages readers tall and small to discover new books, talk with the authors and illustrators who create them, and nurture a lifetime love of reading, writing, illustration and storytelling. This year’s festival will take place on Sunday, November 19th 2017 at Irish Arts Center in the Hell’s kitchen neighborhood of New York City. It will bring together a select group of authors and/or illustrators from both sides of the Atlantic to lead workshops that focus on engagement with reading, writing, or illustration for 5-8 year olds. The festival also provides an opportunity for authors/illustrators to promote and share new work published in print for children.

What We are Looking For

Workshop proposals from authors and/or illustrators (30 minutes in length) that engage 5-8 year olds in reading, writing, or illustration. Please be as specific as possible about what will take place in the workshop and how it will engage youth aged 5-8 years. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on participatory “hands-on” youth and family engagement. We would like to have a sense of what a child’s experience in the workshop would be.

What We Offer

Those proposals selected will be featured at the 3rd Annual Rí Rá Festival of Children’s Literature. Authors/illustrators based in Ireland will receive round-trip economy travel to New York City, ground transportation from hotel to airport, and two nights accommodation in central Manhattan, as well as a modest honorarium. Artist/illustrators from the greater New York City area will receive an honorarium of $200 for their participation.

There will be an opportunity to publicize and sell work at the event and network with other authors and illustrators.

How to Apply

Proposals are due by the July 30th 2017 and should be emailed (in Word or PDF format) to jessie@irishartscenter.org. Selected proposals will be announced by August 7th 2017. Please see guidelines for submissions below.

Workshop Submissions Guidelines

  • A proposal (1 to 2 pages in length) for a workshop that runs, approximately 30 minutes, that engages 5-8 year olds in reading, writing, or illustration. Please be as specific as possible about what will take place in the workshop and how it will engage youth ages 5-8 years.
  • Authors should have at least one current published book in print for children that will be highlighted at the festival.
  • Please include a current bio and past and current work samples that might support the proposal.