16 Jan 2022

Entries sought for Maria Edgeworth writing contest

Maria Edgeworth Festival kicks off in Edgeworthstown this evening

Up to €400 worth of prizes are up for grabs in a soon to be held competition in memory of decorated novelist Maria Edgeworth

As part of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated novelist Maria Edgeworth, the Edgeworth Literary Society has announced details of this year’s writing competitions.

There will be an adult open short story competition confined to 2000 words with 1st prize of €250, 2nd €100 and 3rd €50.

There is also an adult open Poetry competition confined to 40 lines with similar prizes.

The short story competition will be adjudicated by Roscommon-born writer Brian Leyden.

He has published the bestselling memoir 'The Home Place', the short story Departures and the Novel Death and Plenty.

The Poetry competition will be adjudicated by Vona Groarke who was born in Edgeworthstown.

Vona has won the Hennessy Poetry and Writer of the Year award; she has six collections with Gallery Press, culminating with 'Selected Poems'.

In 2017, she received the Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for her outstanding contribution to literature.

The Edgeworth Society is honoured to have these two acclaimed writers associated with this year’s festival.

As well as writing for adults, Maria Edgeworth wrote a collection of children’s short stories and was very interested in children’s education.

This year’s competitions will include a poetry category for Midland Primary Schools.

Details of all competitions can be found on the website or from 043 6671801.

The closing date for entries is Friday 9th March 2018.

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