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A blog by Ink Stains

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Here we post competitions, information on events and tips. The best advice? Keep reading – everything you can lay your hands on, and keep writing. Write for yourself to find your voice. If you’d like to contribute to this blog drop vanessa@writing.ie an email.

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Here we post competitions, information on events and tips. The best advice? Keep reading - everything you can lay your hands on, and keep writing. Write for yourself to find your voice. If you'd like to contribute to this blog drop vanessa@writing.ie an email. Our superb Ink Stains illustration is by Emily Hearne , age 12, who is a 6th Class Student at Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil, Cork, thank you Emily!

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The Tourist Trail Young Persons’ Writing Competition

Posted by Ink Stains on 4 April 2020.

Competition deadline: 15th May 2020 The Tourist Trail  Young Persons’ Writing Competition is Back! What better time to start dreaming of your future UK holiday? We’re calling out to those aged between 6-14 to tell us about your dream UK holiday How to Enter Simply send your entry of at least 400 words describing your dream UK holiday to info@thetouristtrail.org (images and videos are welcome!). Accompany your entry with your name and age Prizes All entries that...

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Bright Sparks Creative Bursts: Free Online Resources for Kids

Posted by Ink Stains on 23 March 2020.

Creative Bursts are created by Sarah Webb and supported by the Museum of Literature Ireland. MoLI is committed to youth creativity and while we can’t get out to enjoy the free primary schools tour and workshops programme in the Museum, they are running Bright Sparks – a series of art and story workshops online, facilitated by Irish writers and illustrators where families embrace the opportunity to play and create together. Sarah Webb is an award-winning...

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Ryan Tubridy to Judge Children’s Essay Competition

Posted by Ink Stains on 27 February 2020.

Competition deadline: 31st March 2020 World Vision Ireland is calling on teachers, parents and children across the country to enter their Climate Change Essay Competition, which will be judged by Ryan Tubridy. The winner will get the chance to meet Ryan Tubridy in the RTE studios and will also win a €500 Smyths voucher. World Vision Ireland’s Climate Change essay competition 2020 is opened until the 31st March for children between the ages of 8 and 18. The...

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A contest of writing scientific stories for children

Posted by Ink Stains on 20 February 2020.

Competition deadline: 20th April 2020 Science me a Story is a contest of writing scientific stories for children. This competition was created by the Society of Spanish Researchers in UK (SRUK/CERU) with the aim of promoting scientific outreach in a fun and engaging way, appropriate for primary school children. The ultimate goal of the contest is to promote scientific spirit and inspire generations that will later build up our future. We hope to achieve this...

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Wilder Youth: A Creative Conversation from Creative Ireland with Tara Stewart

Posted by Ink Stains on 17 October 2019.

A shout out to young people between 14 and 21, with a creative streak, to join and speak up for their tribe! Join host Tara Stewart (2FM) for an inspirational session of music and chat that celebrates and explores the incredible energy of Ireland’s creative young people. Featuring breakout hip-hop duo, Tebi Rex; actor and writer, Roxanna Nic Liam; podcaster, Molly Parsons and Junk Kouture fashion designer, Cian Newman. The Creative Ireland Programme is delighted to present an evening of performance and talk focused on...

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Fun for all the family at the Red Line Book Festival

Posted by Ink Stains on 1 October 2019.

There are lots of ways for budding bookworms to get involved with the Red Line Book Festival, which returns to venues across South County Dublin and from the 7th – 13th of October, with a special line-up of family, children’s and schools’ events, Join Aga Grandowicz, the woman behind Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals for a very special workshop which combines a zoology lesson and an art class with lots of fun...

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Age 10-16? UK Holiday Writing Competition

Posted by Ink Stains on 27 June 2019.

Become a published author on The Tourist Trail Blog! Have you enjoyed a fantastic day out or staycation in the UK? Throughout the 2019 Summer School Holidays we’re offering young people aged between 10 – 16 years old the chance to have their work published on The Tourist Trail Blog. Prizes We have three great prizes for our favourite entries: First Prize – A family ticket to any Attraction listed on our website Second Prize – £75 of book tokens...

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Kids Magazine The Caterpillar Poetry Prize Winner Announced

Posted by Ink Stains on 6 June 2019.

The winner of this year’s €1,000 (£882.86) Caterpillar Poetry Prize is Andrew Weale for his children’s poem ‘Wonder-pudderful’. The Caterpillar is a magazine of poems, stories and art, created by grown-ups for children. It is the younger sibling of The Moth, an art & literature magazine for grown-ups.  The Caterpillar is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups are bound to like it too. It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒...

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Calling all Young Authors: The Wild Words Book and Festival

Posted by Ink Stains on 14 February 2019.

Deadline for submissions is 31st March, 2019. The Wild Words Book is part of Carrick on Shannon’ s annual Wild Words Festival and features writing by young adults from all over Ireland aged 14 to 17 years who have started to write their own short stories and poetry. They are now looking for submissions for Vol. 7. Entry is free. Those selected will have their work professionally edited and published and also get free admission...

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WebWise Writing Competition for Teens

Posted by Ink Stains on 8 February 2019.

Web Wise are looking to hear from the youth of Ireland about their experiences of the online world. Enter our competition to write or blog article or poem about all things technology. Do you know of an app that is gaining in popularity and would like to submit a review? Do you have a great tip for managing your online wellbeing? Share it now by emailing us at: internetsafety@pdst.ie What Your Article Should Look Like? The...

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