Africa Day 2017 writing competition announced by Irish Aid and The Irish Times


Iris aid and The Irish Times have joined up again to promote aspiring, emerging and established writers, to celebrate Africa Day 2017! The short story and poetry competition, which is in its third year, seeks to discover new writing talent, as well as showcase established writers.  Celebrating Africa’s culture in this way helps to shine a light on the growing connections between Ireland and Africa.’’

Method of Application

Writers are invited to submit a short story or poem with an African theme, set in either Ireland or Africa. The Irish Times and Irish Aid are looking for entries in three categories:

  • Primary school (maximum word count 250 words)
  • Secondary school (maximum word count 1,000 words)
  • Adult (maximum word count 2,000 words)

Submission Criteria:

  • Submissions for all categories can be made via email to  africaday@dhr.ie, putting “Writing Competition” in the subject line, or by post to “Africa Day Writing Competition, DHR Communications, 80 Francis Street, Dublin 8”.
  • Submissions for the adult and secondary school category must be typed. Entries for the primary school category may be handwritten.

Application Deadline

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017.

Winners will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid and The Irish Times. The winning entries will be published here http://www.irishtimes.com/ on Sunday, 21st May, the same day as the flagship Africa Day event in Dublin. Winners will receive a selection of books to the value of €50 each. There will also be a photographic presentation at The Irish Times.

 

Books Editor of The Irish Times, Martin Doyle said: “The Irish Times is delighted to team up with Irish Aid again to provide a platform for a new generation of storytellers and poets. The competition has proved to be extremely popular in previous years and I look forward to seeing the entries this year. The Africa Day short story and poetry competition presents an ideal opportunity to showcase African culture and to explore being African in Ireland or Africa itself.”

Read the winning entries from these links http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-irish-times-africa-day-writing-competition-2016-the-winners-1.2663622 and http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/africa-day-creative-writing-competition-the-winning-entries-1.2223700

 



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