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Rose of Tralee launches Concern creative writing competition

Calling all budding writers! Secondary school students from all across Ireland are being invited by Concern to imagine a world without hunger in a new writing competition launched by the Rose of Tralee, Lisa Murtagh.


To mark its 40th anniversary, Concern is launching the annual Cecil Woodham-Smith Writing Competition for students to write about global issues. This year, the aid agency is asking young people between the ages of 13-18 to look 50 years into the future to the year 2058 and imagine living in a “world without hunger”. Concern wants young people to write an essay or a short story with this title explaining how hunger was eradicated. The two overall winners, one from the 13-15 group and one from the 16-18 year old category, will meet Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General at the Concern International Hunger Conference in Dublin in October 2008.

Entries should be no longer than 1500 words for 16-18 group and 1000 words for 13-15 category. The essays can be in English or Irish and should be original and unaided. All entries must be submitted by email to [email protected]

Once submitted, the essays will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges including Gabriel Byrne, Marita Conlon McKenna and former Concern Chief Executive Fr Aengus Finucane and the winners will be announced in May 2008.

Concern Chief Executive Mr Tom Arnold says, “With this competition we hope to inspire young people to think about the great issues that affect our world today. We want to encourage young people to communicate their feelings on these issues and hear their suggestions on how they might be tackled. We also want to promote new and innovative thinking around issues like hunger, as this is crucial to how Concern works in developing countries. The competition is open to all young people with vision and imagination and we are looking forward to reading some exciting ideas and opinions from students all over Ireland.”

• Find out more about the Cecil Woodham-Smith Writing Competition