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