WRITING COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS
English Studies at Queen’s has an extraordinary heritage, as represented by its globally esteemed writers, such as Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and T.S. Eliot Prize recipients Paul Muldoon and Ciaran Carson, among others.
Situated in the heart of literary Belfast, it ranks among the top 100 English departments world-wide (QS World University Rankings 2021).
We are pleased to announce the winners of our short story competition, as follows:
- 'Fingerprints', by Gyanepsaa Singh (Hiranandani Upscale School)
- 'The Planner', by Dia Bhojwani (JBCN International School)
- 'One Day the Sky Turned Blue', by Shruti Mankale (National Academy for Learning)
The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s is therefore pleased to launch an inaugural short story writing competition for high school students from India, with prizes as follows -
- Overall Winner - £200 Cash Prize and a Trophy to be retained by their school.
- The winning student will have the opportunity to have their work showcased through Jaipur Literary Festival.
- Two runners up - £50 cash prize each.
*All students, whose entries are submitted by their schools, will receive a printed copy of 100 Poems by Seamus Heaney.
Deadline for short story submission: Friday 15 October 2021, 5pm BST
Schools to submit students’ entries (maximum two entries/school) by this date.
Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995 and his first volume of work Death of a Naturalist (1966) is among his best-known works and is recognised as one of the principal contributors to poetry during his lifetime.
Seamus Heaney studied and subsequently lectured in English Language and Literature at Queen’s University Belfast. After attending Queen's, he began to publish poetry.
TIPs ON WRITING SHORT STORIES
Discover helpful tips and writing techniques from our esteemed panel of experts:
- Louise Kennedy, Ciaran Carson Writing Fellow
- Michael Shannon, Development Producer for BBC Northern Ireland
- Kelly McCaughrain, Children's Writing Fellow
- Professor Glenn Patterson, Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's
Please view the video opposite to hear more from our panel.