Call for entries: writers of all ages encouraged to enter Africa Day writing competition

15th May 2018

Entries are being sought for The Irish Times Africa Day 2018 writing competition, launched by Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D. The newspaper has again teamed up with Irish Aid on an African-themed writing competition, marking Africa Day 2018. Now in its fourth year, the competition offers a platform for emerging talent, as well as established writers of all ages.

Entries are invited across three categories: Primary School, Secondary School and Adult. Writers are invited to submit a short story or poem relating to the relationships and interactions between Ireland and Africa. Primary-school children can submit a piece of up to 250 words while the word limit for secondary school students is 1,000 words. The word count for entries from adults is 2,000 words.

The closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 12th June 2018. Winners will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid and The Irish Times. Africa Day 2018 Champion, writer and spoken word artist, Dagogo Hart will join the panel as a guest judge. The winning entries will be published on at the end of June. Winners will receive a selection of books to the value of €50 each. There will also be a photographic presentation at The Irish Times.

Visit The Irish Times website to read the winning entries from 2017 and 2016.

Terms and conditions for The Irish Times Africa Day Writing Competition in partnership with Irish Aid:

  • One entry per person.
  • Entrants must be resident in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Employees of Irish Aid and The Irish Times and their immediate families (defined as parents, siblings, children & spouse regardless of where they live) are not eligible to apply.
  • Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, 12th June 2018 via email to, with “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.
  • Irish Aid will host Africa Day Dublin, its flagship family event, on Sunday, 27th 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.