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St. Patrick’s Day Short Story Competition

This year we are preparing to celebrate a very different St. Patrick’s Day and Waterford Libraries would love to celebrate your imagination by running a short story competition.

We are calling on 6 – 18 year olds to write a story, no more than 500 words, beginning with the line “I will never forget what happened on St Patrick’s Day……”

There are three age categories: age 6-9, age 10-14, age 15-18. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in each category. Each winner will receive a €50 voucher and there will be plenty of spot prizes!

Winning entries will be published in local newspapers and will feature on WLR FM so get writing for Paddy’s Day 2021!

All entries are to be emailed to not later than 5pm on Tuesday 9th March 2021. Please include your name, address, age category, phone number and parent/guardian name with the entry. Remember to insert “St. Patrick‘s Day Short Story Competition” in the subject line of the email.


Terms & Conditions

1. By entering this competition you consent to these terms and conditions.

2. This competition is open to children living in Co. Waterford only.

3. There are three categories: Age 6-9, Age 10-14, Age 15-18.

4. Stories must begin with “I will never forget what happened on St. Patrick’s Day….”

5. Stories must be no longer than 500 words.

6. Deadline for entries is 5pm 9th March 2021.

7. Entrants can submit as many entries as they wish.

8. All entries to be submitted in digital format (e.g. Word, email or other) to by 5pm on 9th March 2021. Hard copies will not be eligible.

9. Entrants should include their name, address, age category, phone number and parent/guardian name in the email. This information will only be available to the Waterford Council Employees and will not be used for any other purpose. This information will be kept only for the duration of the competition and all contact and personal details will be disposed of thereafter in line with GDPR and Data Protection Regulations.

10. Please use ‘St. Patrick‘s Day Short Story Competition’ as the subject line of the email.

11. Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant.

12. There will be no correspondence with the judging panel and no feedback provided to individual entrants and the decision of the judges is final.

13. The winning entry from each category will be published in Local Newspapers and will feature on WLR FM. Entries will also be posted on (note only Christian names and age group category will appear online, we will not publish full personal details).

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