This is an opportunity for students’ voices to be heard on one of the biggest social issues of our time – the Housing and Homeless Crisis.

Enter Cork Simon’s Young Writers Awards #WriteforHome.


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Entries are now CLOSED

The Write for Home Judging Panel is currently reviewing all entries.
The winners will be announced at the Write for Home Awards Ceremony at UCC on 11 May with award-winning author, Louise O’Neill.
Details of the Awards Ceremony will be announced shortly.

How the Competition Works

We want students to compose a 500-800 word essay, short story or poem about homelessness, using this image as inspiration for their work.

The winning entry will be published in the Irish Examiner and receive a trophy and laptop.

We are also hosting Creative Writing Workshop for students from participating classes and a series of events in various libraries throughout Cork and Kerry in the run up to the closing date of the competition.

All students short-listed, with their teacher, families and classmates, will be invited to an Awards Ceremony in May 2019, where the winner of the competition will be presented with their prize by Cork author, Louise O’Neill.

Competition now closed!

For more information about the competition, contact Niamh Quain on 021 4377 643 or email her at

Cork Simon in Schools

Cork Simon Community has 25 years’ experience of working with students in primary, secondary and third level education. Our Education Sector Co-ordinator works with students at all levels to help build an understanding of one of the biggest social crises in a generation: the housing and homeless crisis. We believe everyone has a role to play in fighting homelessness.

Our Education Sector Co-ordinator visits students in their schools, working with them to build social awareness and good citizenship, and offering plenty of ideas and opportunities on how they can be part of the solution to the housing and homeless crisis. We use a variety of tools, activities and projects that students can participate in, building their awareness of the causes of homelessness and in many cases offering students opportunities to be actively involved in tackling homelessness.