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A blog by writingie

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.

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Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan Needs Your Help!

Posted by writingie on 5 October 2018.

Please help to spread the word! Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan is looking for partners to help deliver her #WeAreThePoets project If you work with young people and have an idea for an event or project, she wants to hear from you. Sarah wants to involve children and young people from across Ireland, especially those who don’t normally have access to creativity and the arts. You can watch a short video about Sarah’s mission as Laureate and find...

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Posted by writingie on 11 September 2018.

Hello fellow bookworms! I hope you enjoyed a nice, long and relaxing summer filled with an abundance of books.  I apologise for not posting in a while, I can’t say it was because I hadn’t read any books of interest ( trust me, I have!) but I was so engrossed in the Anne of Green Gables series I told myself, I’d post again at back to school time! So, when it comes to book reviews...

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One of My Favourite Books

Posted by Sarah Fitzgerald on 25 July 2018.

Hi, this is my first post and I’m mad about books you may gather. I have recently been honoured to become a book ambassador to promote children and teens to read more .I had a meeting with Government in the Oireachtas where I presented my literacy research proposals to encourage children and teens to perhaps spend more time reading books. My work was very well received and I have got some lovely feedback and invitations....

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Introducing Sarah Fitzgerald

Posted by Sarah Fitzgerald on 20 June 2018.

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Run by Book Ambassador Sarah Fitzgerald who attends Kinsale Community School in County Cork. To contact Sarah, email contact@writing.ie or visit her own blog www.sarahsbookproject.com

K’in Literary Journal Looking for Young Writers

Posted by EKTobin on 9 June 2018.

K’in is looking for young writers — age 12 to 17 — to submit to the journal. Terms and Conditions General We publish two issues a year, online only—May and November —and have reading periods from November 1-March 31 and June 1-September 30. Submissions are accepted only through Submittable. Please include a brief cover letter and bio of not more than 50 words (See below if you’re unfamiliar with writing a bio.). For all submissions,...

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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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