World War One Short Story competition launched

Wednesday May 28th 2014

To mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, the Historical Commemorations and Centenaries Working Group of the Church of Ireland is sponsoring a short story competition.

The competition is open to 15 to 21–year–olds, and will be impartially judged by a select panel including the renowned author Glenn Patterson and the QUB historian Professor David Hayton.

The prize for the best story will be €1,000 with a Runner–up prize of €300 and a Highly Commended award of €200, It is hoped these and up to eight of the best stories will be published in November.

Entrants are free to write about any aspect of the impact of the First World War in any part of Ireland or on Irish people in the period 1914–18. The story should be no more than 3,500 words in length.

In launching the competition, Glenn Patterson said: ‘It is all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that previous generations are not just distant, but different. The competition is an invitation to imagine people just like us in circumstances we would hope ourselves never to have to live through.”

The deadline for the receipt of entries is September 12 2014 and the awards will be announced in November. The decision of the judging panel will be final and entries will all be anonymised during the judging process.

To receive an entry form, please contact: Jenny Compston, Church of Ireland Press Office, by email: or by telephone: 028 9082 8880.

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