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Tell Your Own Story

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Vanessa O'Loughlin

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Everyone has a story to tell!

As well as giving you tips from Irish authors to help you develop your writing, this site is about your stories. Here we give you an opportunity to share your experiences and thoughts….for you to tell us your story.

A couple of years ago I was honoured to be asked to judge the Irish Country Womans’ Association short story competition. In fact I judged for two years and I was blown away by the stories that were submitted. Many drew on personal experience and showed me a side of Ireland that I had little knowledge of (being a third generation blow-back-in). I felt that the stories were an essential record of life in Ireland and needed to be preserved. I’m delighted now that writing.ie can faciliate the recording of personal stories, and we are working with the National Folklore Collection based in UCD to ensure that your experiences are preserved for this and future generations.

Ireland has undergone a dramatic period of social change in the last 80 years, indeed in the last 10 – it has affected different people in different ways, and here we hope you will share your experiences through the written word.

But our Tell Your Own Story section isn’t just for Irish people living in Ireland, it is open to Irish people living anywhere in the world, in fact anyone with an Irish connection no mater how far back it goes – share your family stories of emigration past and present, of settling in a new culture, the highs and lows, tell us about your life.

Monday Miscellany

Funny, sad, mad or dramatic, Monday Miscellany gives you a chance to comment, to share your thoughts and experiences, and to show the world what goes on in your life. Everyone has a story to tell – share it here in poetry or prose of up to 750 words. Submissions will be open from Monday 11th April 2011. Barbara Scully and Tom Molaphy have contributed two great articles to kick us off. What’s your story?

Mining Memories Then & Now

This section is about living history, is all about your recollections and memories whether from yesterday or from fifty years ago. We will be open to submissions from Monday 11th April 2011 and we are looking forward to hearing your memories. What can you remember of your school days? What was the most dramatic incident in your life? Share your memories and help build the National Folklore Collection to reflect the lives of Irish people, wherever they are living. Submissions up to 1500 words, poetry or prose. We are looking for all kinds of memoires, here are some suggestions;

Christmas and New Years memories
Easter memories
St. Patrick’s Day Memories
Memories of School/College
First Date Memories
Wedding Memories
Ghostly Memories
Holiday Memories
Family Occasions

Writing & Me

What does writing mean to you? How do you approach it? How have you achieved your goals? Share your stories with your fellow writers. Writer Ita Roche has kicked us off with a few words on how she copes with writing and dyslexia. Open for submissions from Monday 11th April 2011, submissions up to 750 words.

How do you submit to writing.ie?

Read this page to the end, then go to the Submission page in About Us and complete the form, pasting your submission into the box provided. Please keep to the word count as closely as possible as we cannot read long submissions or the opening chapters of your book. We will need to know:

  • Your name, email address and telephone number (just in case there’s a problem with the email)
  • The title of the piece.
  • The period it relates to i.e. 1940’s, 1950’s etc. If you can give is a specific time frame, even better! This will help both ourselves and the National Folklore Collection catalogue your submission
  • We also need some biographical data in order to help the National Folklore Collection to classify your submission – the years to come these pieces maybe used for genealogical research so we need to ensure that individual pieces can be found!  Please ensure you add:
  • The year of your birth
  • Your place of birth
  • The place you are currently living
  • Your current occupation.
  • Please read the copyright notice below· – only submit work if you are in full agreement with the terms. Submission indicates that you have read and accepted our terms.

We cannot publish all submissions but we sincerely appreciate the time and effort that goes into each one – every submission will be read by the writing.ie team. If your work is chosen for publication on writing.ie we will get in touch with you and will look for a short biographical piece (max 200 words) and a photograph. We cannot enter into discussion about or critique submissions, but if you would like your work critqued, the authors listed here can help you. We also detail some fabulous writing courses, including distance learning courses here.

Please note that this site has visitors of all ages and we link to, and are linked from, many children’s authors websites and blogs. The content of submissions must therefore be appropriate for all.

This site is read by many publishing industry professionals, so if you are an aspiring writer, this is a chance to get your work noticed!

Copyright Notice

By submitting the Work to the Mining Memories,· Monday Miscellany·and Writing & Me sections of Writing.ie, the Author warrants to the Publisher that the work is original to them and that they have the right and permission to submit the Work to Writing.ie. The Author further warrants that the Work is true and not a fabrication, that the Work is not libelous and that any facts contained in the Work are wholly true.

The Author of the Work retains full copyright of the Work. However by submitting the Work to Writing.ie the Author agrees to grant the Publisher an irrevocable and non-exclusive and royalty free licence to publish, adapt and reproduce the Work in any form and to licence the Work in any form for the duration of copyright.

While Writing.ie will not be able to publish all submissions, copies of relevant contributions will be lodged with the National Folklore Collection based in UCD adding to their rich archive.

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Please note:
The Publisher takes no responsibility, express or implied, for the completeness, accuracy or reliability of contributions made to the Mining Memories, Monday Miscellany or Writing & Me sections of the site. In no event will writing.ie be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from the publication of contributions in these sections.

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