Three young writers from Tipperary have been shortlisted in the Hot Press Magazine and Creative Ireland 'Write Here, Write Now' short story competition.
Rachel O’Dwyer from Borrisokane Community College, Dean Buckley from Cahir (NUI, Galway) and Daniel Ryan from Nenagh (DIT) are among 41 other student finalists to have reached the shortlist in the annual competition.
This year's competition, which focused on the theme of 'Social Media: A Writer's Tale', attracted hundreds of entries from all over Ireland. Entrants were invited to explore the many ways in which social media can make us laugh, cry, shudder, or throw our hands in the air – whether that be via a tweet going viral, an Instagram post which reduces us to tears, a previously unheard voice getting the chance to speak up, or a Whatsapp message gone wrong.
Judges include some of the most eminent writers living in Ireland today, including Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre, award-winning poet Rita Anne Higgins, crime writer extraordinaire Tana French, and recent winner of the Goldsmiths Prize Mike McCormack, as well as Hot Press’ own senior editorial figures, Niall Stokes, Stuart Clark and Mairin Sheehy.
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
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony next month.