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Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Competition

Article by EKTobin © 22 January 2018.
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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.
  • Click here to visit the profiles of the judges.
  • Click here to see the winners of the 2017 contest.
  • Click here to see the book of top stories from 2017 contest.

Terms and Conditions

  • The story must be original, previously unpublished, and up to 1500 words long. We will be flexible to allow up to 1650 words if author thinks that would make story better. Any stories with more than 1650 words will be disqualified.
  • Picture stories are not eligible.
  • All contestants must register latest by April 28, 2018.
  • The winners will be announced on June 30, 2018 on this page.
  • You can see 2017 contest winners on this page.
  • An anthology of up to 25 stories will be independently published on Amazon and Kindle at no cost to the author by Lune Spark Books. Lune Spark will bear the cost of collaborative editing and proofreading of the stories before publishing. Each writer/legal guardian will be asked to sign a separate agreement with Lune Spark for the story to be included in the anthology.
  • The stories will be judged on theme, style, and creativity.
  • The stories containing vulgarity or obscenity will be disqualified.
  • All selections by the judges will be final and not subject to appeal.
  • Online Contestants: You must send us your story by May 04, 2018 by email — in word, txt, or PDF format to youngwriters@lunespark.com. Please include following information in the email:
    • “2018 story contest” in the subject of the email.
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of May 20, 2018) at the top of the email.
    • Your ticket order number generated at the time of registration (to help us map the stories to orders)

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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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