The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to announce the return of a Flash Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction competition themed around the climate crisis, in partnership with the National Botanic Gardens and Channel.
"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." - Mary Oliver
The climate crisis and the environment are constant subjects of discussion, but it can be hard to stay aware of the need to be consciously active in making environmental improvements in our daily lives. In this competition, we are asking writers to embrace the concept of the climate crisis through short new pieces of contemporary writing which reflect or illustrate this subject in an innovative and relevant manner. This year we ask writers to respond to the Mary Oliver quote above.
To help inspire potential entrants, the National Botanic Gardens will be organising a special free tour of the garden led by an experienced member of staff who will speak on the effects of climate change on the plants in the gardens. This tour will take place on Sunday the 2rd of February 2020 at 12:30, and while it is not a prerequisite or a condition for entering the competition, we encourage participation if you are thinking of entering, as it will be invaluable in helping to shape your ideas for you submission(s). Tour starts at the Visitor Centre and there is no need to sign up.
On 28 April a showcase event will be held in the National Botanic Gardens where winners will read their work alongside commissioned writers.
There will be four winners: two Irish language winners, one over 30 and one under 30, and two English language winners, one over 30 and one under 30.
Entries are welcomed in English or Irish
Entries must be under 400 words (longer pieces will be disqualified)
We’re happy to accept either fiction or creative non-fiction pieces
Entries are free and you may enter up to 3 submissions.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 11 March at 5pm.
Upload your entry through our entry form.
Entries will be judged by Éanna Ní Lamhna and Liz McManus.
Each of the four winners will receive:
A place on a one-day writing workshop at the IWC
Publication in partner Irish literary magazine: Channel
€50 book voucher
Opportunity to read at the competition event alongside IWC commissioned writers in the Botanic Gardens on April 28th, 2020