A local student will compete in the final of the 2013 John West Fantasy Writing Competition at the end of the month.
Padraig O’ Fearghail, a fifth year student at Colaiste Pobail Osrai, managed to make the finals of the competition, which attracted over 11,000 entries this year.
Students nationwide were asked to write a short story in the fantasy and science fiction genre with the theme ‘Under the Sea’. There are three categories: Primary, junior secondary, and senior secondary.
Padraig is a finalist in the Senior Secondary category with his story ‘Under the Sea’. His teacher at Colaiste Pobail Osrai is Emma Ni Gcolai. The three category winners and overall winner of the John West Fantasy Writing Competition will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin on Monday, April 29.
The overall winner will receive a tablet PC and a meeting with an Irish literary agent plus a trip for his/her entire class to their nearest RNLI station (John West has a partnership with the RNLI). Each of the three category winners will get an iPod Touch.
The first 300 entrants to the competition receive a selection of fantasy novels from the main competition judge Dr Frank Ryan, who is a doctor and best-selling author and there is also a weekend away for the teacher of the winning entry.
For more information, visit www.john-west.ie/writing-competition.