Intercultural Writing Competition for Young People

metro eireann young persons writing competition

Metro Éireann, in collaboration with the Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics, is hosting an intercultural writing competition for young people in Ireland. The competition, as well as the optional one-on-one writing workshops associated with the contest, is completely free. Cash prizes will be offered to the winners. We would greatly appreciate the Longford County Arts Office promoting this event to the young people with which it engages. I am attaching an image of a flyer for you to peruse. Perhaps you would consider highlighting this event on social media pages? We would love your help getting the word out about this national competition amongst those passionate about the arts!

The competition is a great chance for young people to improve their writing skills, develop their understanding of interculturalism, and try to earn cash prizes!

The following contains the details of the writing competition and workshops:

The 2nd Annual Metro Éireann-Kenan Institute for Ethics Intercultural Writing Competition seeks to simultaneously enrich Irish intercultural life and foster the development of the next generation of Irish writers. All Irish residents, immigrants and non-immigrants, are encouraged to enter, and no submission fee is required.

Submissions of original fiction that illuminate the ethical challenges of intercultural diversity in Ireland are invited in the following genres:

  • a short story (2,000 words maximum)
  • a novel extract (2,000 words maximum)
  • a selection of poetry (5 poems maximum)

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Our panel of judges will pay attention to the following criteria:

Engagement with Themes of Ethics and Interculturalism

  • Creativity/Originality
  • Organization/Structure
  • Impact on Reader
  • Initiative of Beginning Writers

€3200 will be awarded in total to the winners!
Age 14-17 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400)
Age 18-21 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400)
Age 14-21 Spirit of Intercultural Ethics winner (€800)

All submissions must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and sent to with the entrant’s full name and the word ‘Submissions’ in the subject line. Submissions should also include a cover page that provides the entrant’s personal information (name, age, address, telephone number) and details about their work (age category, title).

Submissions are due by Midnight on July 31; winners will be announced on August 5.

To learn more or book an individual meeting, please visit, call Catherine Ward at 087 401 3414 or Chinedu Onyejelem at 01 878 3441, or