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The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award 2024

The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award 2024

Are you between 15 and 17 and have a passion for writing?


We are now accepting applications from young writers aged 15 – 17 years for the Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award 2024. By applying, you will be in with a chance to secure a FREE place on a five-day creative writing retreat during the summer in Dublin, from 8 – 12 July 2024, alongside other teenagers. There are 15 places up for the taking!

We are not looking for polished, finished pieces of writing. Or writers with large amounts of experience. We are interested in hearing about you, your passion and your creativity. ALL writers are welcome – we want to hear from you!

Throughout the programme, young writers are mentored through a week-long creative writing programme by one of Ireland’s leading writers and get published! During the week, the awardees also get to meet with publishers, authors, literature academics and fellow writing enthusiasts.

The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award welcomes applications from young writers from all over Ireland and encourages applications from a diversity of ethnic and/or cultural groups including, but not limited to, Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, working-class and LGBTQI+.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 5 March at 10 pm. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on 9th May 2024.

The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award is governed by MoLI’s Child Protection Policy.

Click here for frequently asked questions and terms and conditions.

Click here to download our poster.


Check out this video of past Award winners!

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