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Secondary School Divergent Writing Competition

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To celebrate the April 4th cinema release of blockbuster Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet (Cert: 12A), The Irish Daily Star have teamed up with Eason Ireland and Entertainment One Film Distributors to launch a schools short story writing competition. Divergent is based on the worldwide best seller by Veronica Roth, who is a big supporter of encouraging young people to write – she has said “If you love to write, and you love books, you can do it. So be brave and take risks. Young writers, I salute you.”

The film is set in a futuristic Chicago, where society is divided into five factions based on personality type, created to bring everlasting peace: Dauntless – Brave; Abnegation – Selfless; Amity – Peaceful; Candor – Honest; Erudite – Intelligent.

On a given day each year, all sixteen year olds must take a test and choose where they belong. For Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) the choice is not an easy one. In a divided existence where everyone must conform, Tris is divergent – a danger to this seemingly perfect world. Forced to hide this deadly secret, Tris chooses dauntless and is drawn to her enigmatic mentor, Four (Theo James), who appears to both threaten and protect her. As a dangerous conflict develops amongst the factions, Tris must rely on her own strength and courage not only to survive, but to save the people she loves.

Entry Requirements:

  • Submit a short story based on the topic of ‘What it means to be brave’ 
  • The story should be between 500 – 1000 words in length
  • Entrants must be in secondary school
  • Submissions must emailed to features@thestar.ie by Thursday 27th March at 5pm
  • Entrant must provide their name, age, year, school and contact number with their entry
  • The entries will be judged by a team of Eason senior staff and the Irish Daily Star.

The Prizes:

  • An overall winner will be chosen to receive €1000 worth of books from Eason Bookstore to fill their school library
  • The overall winner will have their story published on www.easons.com
  • The overall winner and a number of runners up will receive; exclusive Divergent merchandise, the Divergent film soundtrack and the complete book trilogy including Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth as well as other exciting prizes
  • Terms and conditions apply, see www.easons.com. Closing date 5pm Thursday March 27th. The ‘Divergent’ trilogy is available at Eason bookstores nationwide.


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