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A blog by EKTobin

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Run by Emma Tobin (19) we welcome your ideas, posts, thoughts on writing, flash fiction or poetry, just drop us an email at contact@writing.ie

Emma Tobin is 19 and from Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland where she lives with her parents, one brother, four cats, and some fish. Emma is in her first year at UCD where she is studying English, Philosophy and History. Emma writes prose, poetry and fiction. Emma has completed two novels and is working on her third which is a YA contemporary novel with the title 'Paperweight Soldiers'. Emma blogs at abcofbeingateenager.blogspot.ie and is a regular contributor to the arts show Artyfacts on KFM Radio in Kildare. Emma has had a number of columns published in The Irish Times. In May 2013 her article 'Blinking Out' was included in a new HeadSpace magazine for young people focusing on positive mental health. Emma's poetry has won a number of national awards including the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland annual poetry competition in the senior post primary category in both 2014 and 2015. Emma was the recipient of the Conor Bowman Youth Award at the Hopkins Poetry Summer School in 2014. Emma was the joint poetry winner for June 2015 of the Hennessy New Irish Writing and had two of her poems published as part of that in The Irish Times. As a result she is not on the shortlist for the Hennessy Writer of the Year award in the emerging poetry category. You can find her on Facebook as Emma Tobin Writer and on Twitter as @EK_Tobin.

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An Tanaiste Simon Coveney TD meets with book ambassador Sarah

Posted by EKTobin on 7 May 2018.

Sarah Fitzgerald aged 14 from Kinsale Community School who presented a government submission to An Tanaiste Simon Coveney TD and Senator Tim Lombard around her award winning literacy research promoting children to read books. One of her ten key recommendations includes an Irish book trust scheme where every child aged 6 months in Ireland gets a box of books. www.sarahsbookproject.com  She is shortly to meet with the Oireachtas Education & Skills Committee to discuss her...

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Write Here Write Now Shortlist Announced

Posted by EKTobin on 30 April 2018.

Ahead of an awards ceremony next month, the finalists for 2018’s Write Her Write Now competition, on the theme of Social Media: A Writer’ Tale, has been announced. The first bit of good news is that this year’s competition received an incredible response, with students all over the island entering in huge numbers. That, of course, made the job of the judges a very difficult one – but we wouldn’t have it any other way! The second...

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Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize: Published, Unpublished & Up To 21

Posted by EKTobin on 1 March 2018.

It’s the final week for publishers and authors to submit their entries for 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize – the deadline is the 12th March. This is of particular importance to those publishers and agents seeking to submit entries by post. The prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English, including published and unpublished authors, and seeks to support and celebrate the best new adventure writing. See full details on criteria...

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The Happy Girl by Cecelia Low Chai Chin

Posted by EKTobin on 27 January 2018.

We received the lovely story below from Cecelia Low Chai Chin and decided to share it here. Cecelia is thirteen this year and she lives in Malaysia, Penang. She is currently studying at SMJK Sacred Heart and her hobbies are reading, singing, dancing, and drawing. She aspires to be an author. The Happy Girl A long time ago, there lived a very happy girl. No matter how much you tried to make her mad or sad, she...

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Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Competition

Posted by EKTobin on 22 January 2018.

Competition deadline: 28th April 2018 Lune Spark are looking for talented young writers like you for the 2018 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Competition. Think you can write a wonderful story in 1,500 words or less? $2,700 cash prizes including Online-only & On-the-Spot contests. Up to 25 stories will be published on Amazon.com and Kindle through Lune Spark Books’ independent publishing. Winners in both categories will have option to enrol in free (remote) novel-writing workshops....

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Kinsale Student Sarah Fitzgerald Investigates Decline in Reading Among Children

Posted by EKTobin on 10 January 2018.

13-year-old Kinsale Community School Student and Kinsale native, Sarah Fitzgerald is a finalist in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the junior social and behavioural sciences category.  Her project is entitled “A Statistical Investigation Into the Decline In Reading Among Ireland’s Youth and How We Can Prevent This From Impacting Future Generations.”  This follows Sarah’s appearance on The Late Late Toy Show in December 2017 where she was selected to review the best selling children’s...

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Help Late Late’s Rebel Sarah Win BT Young Scientist

Posted by EKTobin on 18 December 2017.

This picture is of Sarah Fitzgerald, aged 13 from Kinsale, with her little brother Cillian, aged 9, in the RTE Green Room prior to the Late Late Toy Show, the highest viewed show in Ireland this year. Her dreams came true to discuss her passion for books and was delighted to win a trip to UK publishing house WALKER BOOKS – the world’s leading independent publisher of children’s books. She brilliantly reviewed THE SENSATIONAL NO.1...

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Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2018 Open for Applications

Posted by EKTobin on 13 November 2017.

As part of the 2017 Robert Louis Stevenson Day celebrations, Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce that the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for professional writers is now open for applications. Scotland-based writers, who would benefit from time away from their usual environment to develop their work, are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship was initiated in 1994 by Franki Fewkes, a Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson enthusiast then living in France, and is supported by Creative...

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Journeys – The Writing Competition with Alma Books

Posted by EKTobin on 7 November 2017.

Competition Deadline: 1st December 2017 Alma Books are offering ten children the chance to have their “journey” story printed in a special collection. Want to win? All you have to do is write a 500-800 word story about “journeys” and get an adult to send it to competitions [@] almabooks.com with your name and age, to be in with a chance of winning! Open to children aged 7-11 • UK residents only • Closes 1st December 2017 Terms and...

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Competition: Get Your Story Published by Scoop Magazine

Posted by EKTobin on 31 October 2017.

Competition Deadline: 8th December 2017 Are you aged between 8 –11? Do you love writing stories? Then is definitely for you! Rye Books have teamed up with Scoop Magazine to bring us this fantastic short story competition – what they think is their best challenge yet! Write a story beginning with the following words: ‘Late afternoon, the storm arrived…’ The winner will be chosen by award winning author S. F. Said whose books include Varjak Paw, The Outlaw...

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