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Enter: Africa Day 2017 Writing Competition for Young African Writers

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Irish Aid and The Irish Times have joined up again to promote aspiring, emerging and established writers, to celebrate Africa Day 2017!

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, 3rd May 2017
Africa Day Dublin 2017 will take place on Sunday, 21st May!

Eligible Countries: Countries in Africa, Ireland

To Be Taken at (Country): Dublin, Ireland

About the Award: The short story and poetry competition, which is in its third year, seeks to discover new writing talent, as well as showcase established writers. Interested? Here’s how to get involved:

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)

Type: Contest

Eligibility: Entries are invited in three categories: Primary School, Secondary School and Adult. Writers are invited to submit a short story or poem with an African theme, set in either Ireland or Africa. Primary-school children can submit a piece of up to 250 words and secondary school students of up to 1,000 words. The word count for entries from adults is 2,000 words.

Selection:  Winners will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid and The Irish Times.

Number of Awardees:  Not specified

Value of Contest: The winning entries will be published on 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.

How to Apply: Submissions for all categories can be made via email to [email protected], 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.

Visit Contest Webpage for details

Award Provider: Irish Aid, Irish Times

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