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All Ireland Scholarships Alumni Association launches Creative Writing Competition

The All Ireland Scholarships Alumni Association will run its second Creative Writing Competition from today after a successful first edition.

A trio of award-winning authors will be part of the judging panel, including Donal Ryan, the first Irish writer to win the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature, writer Kerri Ní Dochartaigh, and poet Alice Kinsella who won the inaugural short story competition earlier this year. 

Open to all members of the Alumni Association, the competition will feature a Creative Writing Workshop led by acclaimed Irish authors in addition to a prize of €1000, for the winner, and €500 for the three runners-up.

The competition will be chaired by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, author, and Professor at the University of Limerick. Speaking of the competition, she said:

“In its first year, this competition uncovered and celebrated exceptional creative talent among AIS alumni. This year promises to do the same.

“I’m delighted to be involved again, working with a panel of among Ireland’s leading writers to discover more creative voices and stories.”

Participants can submit up to three entries of a maximum of 2000 words each, based on any theme.

Both fiction and non-fiction pieces are welcome, such as short stories, memoirs, auto-fiction, and bio-fiction. 

Award-winning author Donal Ryan said:

“The written word is one of the greatest ways we have of sharing human experience with one another. Whether fact or fiction, creative writing shines a light on something that might otherwise go unnoticed.

“I can’t wait to read the range of writing and new stories that this competition will generate.”

The deadline to submit entries is January 7, 2022. The shortlist will be revealed on January 25, before the winner and runners-up are announced on March 1.

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