The Competition

Social Media: A Writer's Tail

Over the past fifteen years, with the rise of social media, the most extraordinary changes have taken place in people’s lives across the globe. In terms of the way we communicate, a whole new world has opened up as people make use of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and a whole host of other platforms and apps.

There are huge pluses involved, as we all find groups of like-minded souls to connect with, spread the word quicker than ever before – and generally make social media hay. But there have been downsides too, with Fake News dominating elections, social media bullying impacting adversely on individuals – and so on.

The Challenge


One of the key objectives of the Creative Ireland Programme is to nurture and develop new creative talent. Write Here, Write Now has joined forces with Creative Ireland to uncover the best new young writing talent in the country. We want you to to unleash your imagination and create a story which involves – or which reflects on – social media. Whether it’s kicked off by an unexpected like on Facebook, a tweet that really hits home, an Instagram post that makes you laugh or cry, or a group conversation on WhatsApp that goes askew, we all have social media stories to tell. In Social Media: A Writer’s Tale, we want you to draw on any or all of them: the good, the bad, the humorous, the mysterious, the downright strange.

    The Fine Print

  • It will be up to the entrants to set their vision down, create a fictional world, or reflect on the theme of Social Media and its impact on our lives in whatever way they think works best. Competition entries can be in the form of stories, poems, songs, monologues, film scripts – or whatever medium the entrant chooses. What we are asking students to do in Write Here, Write Now is – in the spirit of the Creative Ireland Programme – to unlock their creativity and give us something brilliant and inspiring to think about. Competition entries should aim to be no more than 500 words.
  • No limits will otherwise be set about where, when, in what era – or indeed galaxy! – the entries will be located. Nor indeed about what form the written entry can take. We want students to use their imagination...
  • Remember, the competition will be a test of creativity, of originality, of vision, of style – of good writing! – and of the ability to entertain or enthral. In Social Media: A Writer’s Tale, the best entry in each category, in the opinion of the judges, will be the winner.

The Judges

D.B.C. Pierre

Bookerprize winner

Stuart Clark

Deputy Editor of Hot Press

Tana French

Multiple award winning crime writer

Rita Ann Higgins

Acclaimed Poet

Mike McCormack

Goldsmiths Prize Winner

Niall Stokes

Editor of Hot Press

Category 1 - Second Level:

  • Two overall Winners
  • Open to Leaving Certificate students (5th & 6th years) or equivalent.
  • There will be one male and one female winner.
  • Both winners will be invited for a two-week internship at HP central.

Category 2 - Third Level:

  • Two overall winners
  • Open to students at 3rd level colleges and those who have completed thrid-level in the last 12 months.
  • There will be one male and one female winner.
  • Both winners will be invited for a four-week internship at HP central.

These FOUR OVERALL WINNERS will win an internship in Hot Press, during the spring or summer of 2018. They will also receive a superb Canon PowerShot SX620, a €250 cash prize; a Certificate of Achievement from WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW and other great prizes.

Even if you aren’t one of the four overall winners, there’s a still a chance to come away with some marvellous booty – and to set yourself on the road to writing fulltime! Four runners-up, one from each province, will be selected in both Second Level and Third Level categories, to receive special prizes. And there will also be prizes for ten additional runners-up – amounting to 22 lucky winners in all.

Please note that there is no entry fee – this brilliant opportunity is open to everyone!

So, what are you waiting for? There’s no time to dawdle! The closing date for completed entries is February 24, 2018. or email [email protected] if you have any queries.

Creative Ireland

  • Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.
  • The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire country to get involved in something truly inspirational. The fi ve pillars of the initiative are Children and Youth; Creative Communities; Creative Industries; Global Reputation; and Cultural Investment. One of the key objectives of the Creative Ireland Programme is to nurture and develop new creative talent. Write Here, Write Now is an integral part of that national drive. It will aim to uncover the best new young writing talent in the country.

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