A blog by EKTobin
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 email@example.com an email.
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.
So what is YA anyway?
In a really good article in The Guardian post the first ever Young Adult Literature Conference (YALC), Imogen Russell looks at what age group YA is aimed at, and how New Adult fits into the picture. The Young Adult Literature Convention took place 12-13 July, bringing together the UK’s YA publishers to provide a host of author events including talks, workshops, signings, as well as a bookshop provided by Waterstones and publisher stands promoting new and...Read the full article >>
Awesome Book Sculpture: Derailing My Train of Thought
Derailing My Train of Thought is a creative book sculpture project designed to convey the effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) on a person’s life using the example of a derailing train. Designed by awesome artist Thomas Wightman who has designed several book sculptures – check his website to see Drowning from Obsession.
13-19? This Competition is For You Too
The Alice Munro Short Story Competition The Alice Munro Festival provides a forum for writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded literati. The short story competition celebrates one of Canada’s greatest short story writers. Entries must be typed using standard fonts such as Times Roman, Helvetica or Arial, size 11 or 12, double spaced on plain white paper.Story pages must contain a page number and either the title of your story or one...Read the full article >>
Chickenhouse Children’s Book Competition Open
While childrens publisher Chickenhouse no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts, they do offer unpublished writers of fiction (for children aged 7-18) the chance to submit their work to the annual Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. The 2015 competition is now open for entries! They say “Please note, as we have recently suspended our picture book list we no longer accept submissions of picture book texts/illustrations. This year we have extended the opportunity to enter to those...Read the full article >>
Writing Prompt-ly with Yvonne Cassidy
Recently, I wrote here about writing prompts, and how, in a writing class in Dun Laoghaire, the teacher’s writing prompt became the kernel of an idea that became my first novel, The Other Boy. This week, I’m going to share some writing prompts that have worked for me and my students. But before we jump into the list below, let’s go over some of the ground rules. I think of a writing prompt as being...Read the full article >>
National Library Summer Programme for Kids
The National Library of Ireland (NLI) based in Dublin’s Kildare Street is running a great programme of FREE events for kids this summer for children aged from five upwards, focusing on family history, storytelling and art. Highlights will include: On Thursday, 3rd July from 11.30am to 1pm, children aged seven to 12 can learn about the ancient art of heraldry, look at the ways coats of arms are used today and design their own imaginary...Read the full article >>
Bring Your Limericks to Limerick’s Summer Festival of Literature
Limerick’s love affair withall things literary continues with the launch of – Limerick’s Summer Festival of Literature – which will take place this July at the University of Limerick. A joint venture between The Limerick Writers’ Centre and Campus Life Services of UL the festival will run from Friday 18th July to Sun 20th July, and this year it will incorporate the Bring Your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition with over €1000 in prize money. The...Read the full article >>
$20,000 Flash Fiction Prize (No, that’s not a mistake!)
For anyone who enjoys writing flash fiction, César Egido Serrano Foundation and the Spanish ‘Museum of Words’ have opened their ‘microfiction’ competition, closing date November 23rd 2014. Write a 100 word story you could win a prize of $20,000 – and second prize is $2,000! Open to international writers, entries can be submitted in English, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew. Entries must be sent exclusively by filling in the entry form that can be found on...Read the full article >>
WW1 Short Story Competition for 15-21-Year Olds Now Open
One hundred years on from the outbreak of the First World War it now seems to belong to another age and another world. Yet the impact which the War had on the future of Ireland and on the everyday life of its people right down to the present time is still being thought about. Imaginative engagement with the Great War and its legacy can take many forms and the Historical Commemorations and Centenaries Working Group...Read the full article >>
The Habits of British Book Readers
Although this is an info graphic about the habits of British book readers, we thought it was great! Perhaps someone can do a similar exercise to see if Irish readers differ? What do you think? by Sofia M. Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.