Wednesday, 10 June 2015

New Roscommon Writing Award - I am the law!!

...or as I keep telling the children "The judges decision is final" (I want it on a t-shirt..)
I am really honoured to be this year's judge in the Roscommon New Writing competition.
Deadline the end of August.


First Prize: €500

The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2015 is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €50 each)

Closing date for entries is 30 August 2015

Enquiries to

Competition Rules
·         Entries, in English, on any theme, in any literary form, will be accepted.
·         The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in, etc).
·         Typed entries (handwritten entries cannot be accepted) must be no more than 500 words. Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over the 500 word limit will be automatically disqualified.
·         Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county. Include these on a separate page, not on your entry.
·         There is no entry fee. All entries must be received by 30 August, 2015.
·         The competition will be adjudicated by Jessamine O Connor. The judge’s decision is final.
·         Post your entry to: NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2015, Roscommon Arts Office, Roscommon West Business Park, Circular Road, Roscommon. You may also email your entry to: Title your email NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2015.
·         The names of the shortlisted writers will be announced in local media and online at
·         The awards ceremony will take place towards the end of September on a date and at a venue to be announced.

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