Entries are being sought for The Irish Times Africa Day writing competition. The newspaper has again teamed up with Irish Aid on an African-themed writing competition, marking Africa Day 2016. Now in its second year, the competition is designed to showcase emerging talent, as well as established writers.
Writers are invited to submit a short story or poem relating to the relationships and interactions between Ireland and 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)
The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 17th May 2016. Submissions for all categories can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The winning entries will be chosen by Irish Aid and The Irish Times and will be published on www.IrishTimes.com on 29th May – the same day as the flagship Africa Day event in Dublin. Winners will also receive a selection of books to the value of €50 each and there will be a photographic presentation at The Irish Times.
Read last year’s winning entries in the Culture section of The Irish Times website.
Irish Aid will host Africa Day Dublin, its flagship family event, on Sunday, 29th May in the grounds of Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin 15. The free family-focused event will feature the sights and sounds of Africa, through performances by well-known African and Irish musicians; children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; and much more. Irish Aid will also support Africa Day celebrations in several locations outside Dublin including Cork, Waterford and Galway, in conjunction with local authorities.