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All Ireland Scholarships Alumni Association Creative Writing Competition

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Competition deadline: 7th January 2022

The All Ireland Scholarships Alumni Association will run its second Creative Writing Competition following the success of the inaugural competition earlier this year.

A stellar trio of award-winning authors make up the judging panel for this year’s competition including Donal Ryan, who recently became Ireland’s first Prix Jean Monnet winner, acclaimed writer Kerri ní Dochartaigh and poet Alice Kinsella, the 2021 competition winner with her short story ‘Window’.

Open to all members of the Alumni Association, the competition will feature a Creative Writing Workshop presented by some of Ireland’s leading authors as well as a prize offering of €1,000 for the winning entry and €500 to the three runners-up.

The judging process will be chaired by Professor Sarah Moore Fitzgerald of the University of Limerick (UL).

Participants can submit up to three entries of 2,000 words or less each in fiction and non-fiction categories based on any theme or subject matter. In addition to short stories, non-fiction pieces such as a memoir, autofiction and bio-fiction are also welcome.

The deadline for submissions is 7th January 2022, after which a shortlist will be unveiled on 25th January before the winner and runners-up are announced on 1st March.

Author of six novels and Professor of Teaching and Learning at UL, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, said: “In its first year, this competition uncovered and celebrated exceptional creative talent among AIS alumni. This year promises to do the same. I’m delighted to be involved again, working with a panel of among Ireland’s leading writers to discover more creative voices and stories.”

Prix Jean Monnet and multi-award-winning author, Donal Ryan, said: “The written word is one of the greatest ways we have of sharing human experience with one another. Whether fact or fiction, creative writing shines a light on something that might otherwise go unnoticed. I can’t wait to read the range of writing and new stories that this competition will generate.”

Republic of Ireland
There is no application process in the Republic of Ireland. You must however fit the following criteria:
You must attend a non-fee paying secondary school
You must sit at least 5 subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination and be doing the examination for the first time
You must have the benefit of a Medical Card, and if you are being considered for a scholarship the Department of Education will communicate with you about your eligibility in line with this requirement
You must not be the holder of another scholarship as outlined in further detail on the Department of Education’s website

Northern Ireland
You must be in receipt of the Education Maintenance Allowance
You must attend a grant aided post primary school or further education college
An application must be completed before the deadline
You must sit the A Level Examinations or BTEC Examinations for the first time
You must not be the holder of another scholarship Further details are available on the NIDirect website

See here for further details.

  • www.designforwriters.com
  • allianceindependentauthors.org

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