Calling all creative secondary school pupils in NI!

Eason are delighted to launch a new creative writing competition aimed at secondary school students in Northern Ireland. Eason are searching for budding literary stars to express their talent by encouraging students across Northern Ireland to get their creative hats on and share their imagination through short stories.

The competition is open to all second level students by submitting a short story, on a subject of their choice, to  by Tuesday May 10th.

A shortlist of all entrants will be finalised by a panel of book experts in May including Belfast born award winning author Sheena Wilkinson and acclaimed young author Dave Rudden. The best stories will then be published online on and put forward for a public vote. Our panel of book experts will then judge this shortlist and their scoring combined with the public vote will determine one overall winner for each of the categories.

Speaking at the launch was author and panel judge Sheena Wilkinson had the following suggestions for entrants: “If you are an aspiring writer you need to read constantly and to write as much as you can. I’ve always been a devourer of books and as a child I just loved sitting down with a good book. I was always reading or dreaming up my next plot. Much as I am now.  I would encourage any young writer to take inspiration from everything around. Whether I’m walking in the forest near my home in County Down, or in city streets, I’m always open to ideas for stories and characters. People ask where ideas come from: they come from having your eyes, ears and mind open.”

Eason Creates Writing entrants are divided into three groups: Category 1: Years 8-10, Category 2: Years 11-12 and Category 3: Years 13-14. There are some fantastic prizes to be won; all first prize winning contestants from each category will receive £500 worth of books for their school. All overall winners will receive an Eason gift card worth £250 and the shortlisted finalists from each category will win an Eason gift card worth £50. The shortlisted & winning students will also be presented with a printed copy of the 2016 Eason Creates Writing short story collection for their school.

So what are you waiting for? Submit your creative story now for a chance to win!


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