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World War One Short Story Competition for 15–21–year–olds Open for Entries and deadline extended

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Added on 30/08/2014

Soldiers from World War One

One hundred years on from the outbreak of the First World War it now seems to belong to another age and another world. Yet the impact which the War had on the future of Ireland and on the everyday life of its people right down to the present time is still being thought about. Imaginative engagement with the Great War and its legacy can take many forms and the Historical Commemorations and Centenaries Working Group of the Church of Ireland is sponsoring a short story competition for those between the ages of 15 and 21 to mark this important centenary.

Glenn PattersonThe competition will be impartially judged by a select panel including the renowned author Glenn Patterson (pictured right) and the QUB historian Professor David Hayton. The prize for the best story will be €1,000 with a Runner–up prize of €300 and a Highly Commended award of €200 (or sterling equivalent) and it is hoped to publish these and up to eight of the best stories in due course.

Entrants are free to write about any aspect of the impact of the First World War in any part of Ireland or on Irish people in the period 1914–18. The story should be no more than 3,500 words in length.

In launching the competition earlier this year, Glenn Patterson said, ‘It is all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that previous generations are not just distant, but different. The competition is an invitation to imagine people just like us in circumstances we would hope ourselves never to have to live through.’

The deadline for the receipt of entries has been extended to 24 October 2014 and the awards will be announced by the end of the year.
The decision of the judging panel will be final and entries will all be anonymised during the judging process.

Please click here to download the instructions and rules as a PDF.
Please click here to download an entry from as a PDF.
Entries are to be emailed, where possible, to press@ireland.anglican.org

To receive an entry form, please contact: Jenny Compston, Church of Ireland Press Office, by email: press@ireland.anglican.org or by telephone: +44 (0)28 90828880.


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