Irish Aid Africa Day 2017 Writing Competition for Emerging & Established African Writers

Application Deadline: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017.

Irish Aid and The Irish Times have joined up again to promote aspiring, emerging and established writers, to celebrate Africa Day 2017! The short story and poetry competition, which is in its third year, seeks to discover new writing talent, as well as showcase established writers. Interested? Here’s how to get involved:

Writers are invited to submit a short story or poem with an African theme, set in either Ireland or Africa. The Irish Times and Irish Aid are looking for entries 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)

Submission Criteria:

  • Submissions for all categories can be made via email to [email protected], putting “Writing Competition” in the subject line, or by post to “Africa Day Writing Competition, DHR Communications, 80 Francis Street, Dublin 8”. Submissions for the adult and secondary school category must be typed.
  • Entries for the primary school category may be handwritten.
  • Winners will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives from Irish Aid and The Irish Times.


  • The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 3rd May 2017.


      The winning entries will be published on

      on Sunday, 21


    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. There will also be a photographic presentation at The Irish Times.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Irish Aid Africa Day 2017 Writing Competition 


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