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Paper Lanterns Teen Short Story Competition

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Competition deadline: 1st August 2021

Paper Lanterns are delighted to co-host the Teen Short Story Competition with Tertulia Books in Westport, Co. Mayo.

Paper Lanterns is a literary journal, founded in 2020 and published four times a year. Acting as a platform to promote the voices of young people in Ireland and across the world, this journal provides new and exciting content for a teen and young adult audience. It is also perfect for enthusiasts of teen and YA literature; from teachers and librarians, to parents and youth workers.

The theme for this competition is ‘Waves’. Put your thinking caps on and start writing!

Submit your short story to: competition.paperlanterns@gmail.com

In the body of your email, please include:

Your name.
Your age.
Your county of residence (you must live on the island of Ireland).
Your school (if applicable).
A little bit about yourself!

The guest judge will read and select the winning pieces (one from each age group) from the shortlist.

The winners will be published in Issue 6 of Paper Lanterns.

The winners will receive a cash prize sponsored by Tertulia in association with Spot-Lit EU.

The winners will also receive a copy of Issue 6.

Terms and Conditions

You must be a resident on the island of Ireland.
You must be aged between 13-18. We have two judging categories: 13-15 years and 16-18 years.
Your work must be an original piece.
Short stories must be between 1200 and 2000 words. Please do not exceed this word count.
All stories will be read blind. Do not include your name or contact details within the submitted document.
We will not consider work that is prejudiced in nature. We will not consider work that includes, but is not limited to: sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or classist content.
We cannot accept work that has already been published.
The judge’s decision is final. Our guest judge cannot provide feedback on any submitted or shortlisted pieces.

See here for further information.

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