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Write Here, Write Now 2016 – A call for entries

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A Story of Ireland is a Hot Press initiative and forms part of Ireland 2016, the State programme to mark the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future. This major national writing competition is run in association with Two Cities One Book, April 2016.

As part of the national commemorations in 2016, to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Dublin and Belfast will partner in Dublin City Council’s Two Cities One Book festival, based on the chosen book, Fallen by Lia Mills, published by Penguin Ireland.

To coincide with the festival, Hot Press and Dublin City Libraries, in association with Libraries NI and with the support of the Ireland 2016 office, are planning a major all-Ireland writing competition. It will aim to uncover the best new young writing talent in the country, while also drawing the attention of people all over Ireland to Fallen, to the themes in the book and to the Two Cities One Book programme of events.

The Competition: Write a story of Ireland


Lia Mills’ beautiful and emotional novel Fallen evokes a powerful sense of what it was like for ordinary citizens, who ended up living through extraordinary times, in the Ireland of 1916. While reading Fallen, and reflecting, on the events of 1916 – which did so much to shape the future of the country – students will be invited to think about their own sense of what it is to be from the island of Ireland, or to live here. They will be encouraged to consider their own sense of identity in the light of the events of 1916 as described in Fallen – and the impact these events had on the lives of ordinary people of every social, political and religious background here at the time. And they will be asked to write A STORY OF IRELAND.

• No limits will otherwise be set about where, when, in what era – or indeed galaxy! – the entries will be located. Nor indeed about what form the written entry can take. We want students to use their imagination…

• It will be up to the entrants, in no more than 500 words, to set their vision down, create a fictional world, or reflect on the issue of identity in whatever way they think works best – whether through prose, poetry, rap, cartoon, autobiography or an extract from a film script.

• The competition will be a test of creativity, of originality, of vision, of style – of good writing and of the ability to entertain or enthral. In A Story of Ireland, the best entry in each category, in the opinion of the judges, will be the winner.

The Judges

Our special panel of writing experts will include the author of Fallen, Lia Mills, Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes and Deputy Editor Stuart Clark. The full list of judges will be announced in the new year.

Category 1:

Second Level –
Two Overall Winners

This is open to Leaving Certificate students (5th & 6th Year) or GCSE students.
• There will be one Male Winner and one Female Winner
• Both winners will be invited for a two-week internship in HP central.

Category 2:

Third Level –
Two Overall Winners

This is open to students at 3rd Level colleges.
• There will be one Male Winner and one Female Winner
• Both winners will be invited for a four-week internship in HP central.

(Category 2 is also open to those who have completed their third level education in the last 12 months.)


These FOUR OVERALL WINNERS will win an internship in Hot Press, during the spring or summer of 2016. Plus, they’ll receive a €250 cash prize, a Certificate of Achievement from WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW and other great prizes. They’ll also have their winning entry published in a special issue of Hot Press, a significant achievement that will greatly enhance the CV of any young writer..

There Will Be Even More Winners Too…

Even if you aren’t one of the four overall winners, there’s a still a chance to come away with some marvellous booty – and to set yourself on the road to writing full-time! Four runners-up, one from each province, will be selected in both Second Level and Third Level categories, to receive special prizes. And there will also be prizes for ten additional runners-up – amounting to 22 lucky winners in all.

Please note that there is no entry fee – this brilliant opportunity is open to everyone!

So, what are you waiting for? There’s no time to dawdle! The closing date for completed entries is February 19, 2016.

Click here for entry.

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