Final call for submissions: Writing competition

26th April 2017
There’s one week left to make a submission to The Irish Times Africa Day writing competition. The deadline is on Wednesday, 3rd May 2017. Entrants are invited to submit a short story or poem with an African theme, set in either Ireland or 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)
The winning entries will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid and The Irish Times. The winning entries will be published on on Sunday, 21st May – the same day as the flagship Africa Day event in Dublin. Winners will receive a selection of books to the value of €50 each, and there will be a photographic presentation at The Irish Times.

Submissions for the all 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”. Please specify which category you are entering. Submissions for the adult and secondary school categories must be typed; entries for the primary school category may be handwritten.

Visit The Irish Times website to read the winning entries from 2015 and 2016.