Deadline Extended For Irish Times Africa Day Writing Competition

12th May 2016

The deadline has been extended for The Irish Times Africa Day writing competition. Entries will now be accepted until Friday, 20th May 2016 at 5pm. Writers are invited to submit a short story or poem relating to the relationships and interactions between Ireland and Africa. Entries are being sought 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)

Submissions for all three categories can be emailed to, 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 categories must be typed. Primary school children may submit handwritten pieces.

The winning entries will be chosen by Irish Aid and The Irish Times and will be published on on 29th May – the same day as the flagship Africa Day event in Dublin. Winners will also receive books to the value of €50 each and there will be a photographic presentation at The Irish Times.