This initiative aims to discover writing and storytelling talent among the student community; it aims to give students a voice to tackle one of the biggest social issues of our times. We believe very strongly that young people should have that voice; that they too have a part to play in responding to the housing and homeless crisis.
One aspect of the new Junior Cert Cycle focuses on ‘Wellbeing’. Personal wellbeing and that of the wider community is connected to the wider world and is built upon values of justice, equality, solidarity and respect for differences in an interconnected world – values that reflect Cork Simon’s. We believe the issue of homelessness, and more especially being part of the solution to the issue, fits perfectly with this requirement. Creative writing is not just a method of academic assessment, but also an art – it not only requires storytelling skills, but also the presentation of a story. Introducing a Young Writers Awards now, just as the new Cycle is being introduced, will provide teachers and students with the visual and oral presentation, and research work required for the new Junior Cert Cycle.
The Cork Simon Young Writers Awards invites students to compose:
on the theme of homelessness, using this image as their inspiration. Students may submit multiple entries is desired. The closing date for the competition is Monday, 25 March 2019.
In November, we will host a Writing Workshop in U.C.C. and Tralee Library which two students from each participating class will be invited.
Cork-based writer, Paul Casey, and Kerry-based writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice who have experience of running workshops for young people, will host the workshops. Students will then share with their classes their learning from the workshops, fulfilling the presentation aspect of the new Junior Cert Cycle.
Throughout the competition our website will have continuous blogs and vlogs from well known authors giving helpful tips on the art of writing.
All those short-listed, together with their teacher, families and classmates, will be invited to An Awards Ceremony where the winner of the competition will be announced. The winning entry will also be published in the Irish Examiner. Much loved multi award winning author Louise O’Neill has agreed to MC the Awards Ceremony.
The closing date for the Young Writers Awards is Monday, 25 March 2019. Those short- listed will be notified by Friday 26 April 2019 and invited to an Awards Ceremony taking place on Saturday, 11 May 2019.
You can sign up for the competition via the form above or you can contact Niamh at 021 4377 643 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org