Paper Lanterns Literary Journal and Tertulia Books are delighted to announce the winners of their 2021 short story competition for Irish teens. Young writers from all over Ireland competed for prizes of €250, sponsored by Tertulia in association with Spot-Lit EU. Acclaimed author Deirdre Sullivan was the guest judge, and there were two categories, 13-15 years and 16-18 years. Éabha Coghlan (13) from Dublin was the junior winner for her story ‘Waves’. Eavan O’Keefe (17) from Kildare took the senior prize for ‘Our Footsteps in the Sand’.
The competition’s theme, ‘waves’, inspired entries of an extremely high standard. Grace Kelley, co-founder and co-editor of Paper Lanterns said, ‘We received excellent stories and enjoyed reading all of them. It’s exciting to have so many talented young writers living on this island and it was difficult to select a shortlist. Unfortunately, there could only be one winner in each category, but we would like to thank all who entered and encourage everyone to keep writing.’
With so many strong stories, bestselling YA author Deirdre Sullivan said choosing the winners ‘wasn’t an easy decision.’ According to Sullivan, Éabha Coghlan’s ‘interesting character study’ and skill for ‘observation and dialogue’ were particularly striking. Sullivan was impressed by Eavan O’Keefe’s ‘use of poetic language and imagery to communicate emotion’ and how their work ‘appeals to the heart and the senses.’ Both stories will be published in Paper Lanterns Issue 6, which releases on 15th September and can be pre-ordered from paperlanternslit.com.
Founded in 2020, Paper Lanterns is a literary journal featuring work for and by teens and young adults. Promoting emerging creatives from Ireland and around the world, this journal provides new and exciting content for young people. Paper Lanterns is kindly supported by the Arts Council.
Tertulia is a bookshop like no other located in Westport, County Mayo. A place to relax, enjoy a coffee, meet friends, discuss books and much more, Tertulia hopes to create a more equal society where every story matters.
Spot-Lit aims to grow the literary tourism sector in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region in Europe. Spot-Lit supports the organisations and businesses in this culturally-rich region, helping them to grow, collaborate and increase engagement together. Find more information on their website, www.spot-lit.eu.