How the competition works
  • To enter compose a 500-800-word essay, short story or poem on the theme of homelessness, using this image as inspiration for the essay. The competition is open to all secondary school students in Cork and Kerry.
  • The winning entry will be published in the Irish Examiner and receive a trophy and laptop.
  • In October, we will host a Writing Workshop in U.C.C. and Tralee Library which two students from each participating class will be invited. To be in with a chance to attend the workshop speak with your teacher.
  • All students who are 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.


Coming Soon…..

Vlogs from famous local authors such as award winning novelist Louise O’Neill, Poets Paul Casey and Gabriel Fitzmaurice and many more.

These writers will be giving you all the hints and tips you need to write the best essay, short story or poem you can for the competition.

Closing Date Details

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 your teacher at school or you can contact Niamh at 021 4377 643 or email: