Stories from the waterside - Story writing competition

stories from the Waterside 2020 Competition

The idea is simple just tell us a story of what makes your local waterbody special

These stories can be from the past or in the present. They can be about the wildlife that lives or once lived in or around a waterbody, maybe stories about fishing, hunting or just watching nature. Stories of traditions or practices that once took place or maybe still do. Your story can involve folklore, local traditions, humorous tales or yarns associated with a waterbody. What makes this waterbody special?

Write your original story in 600 words or less. There are two ways you can do this:

1. The Storyteller Tells the Story:
Write your story about your favourite waterbody and what it means to you. This format might involve personal memories or reflections on the wildlife, past memories of the waterbody and what it was like on the past or is like now. It might include local traditions, crafts, folklore, serious stories or humourous yarns.

2. Interview of the storyteller:
Interview someone you know who is a great storyteller. That person could be a friend, an aunt, uncle or grandparent or any family member with a great story involving water. This is one that all the family might enjoy getting involved with.

Choose a theme for your story

Choose one of the following themes on which to base your story.

Memories and Reflections :
Write a story based on your personal experiences, memories or reflections, or alternatively based on those from a storyteller you have interviewed. We are particularly interested in stories about a waterbody from the past. But stories from the present are welcome too.

Folklore and Tales:
Write a story on the folklore associated with a waterbody that you know about or have learned from your interview of a storyteller. Or perhaps there is an interesting or funny story worth telling!

Prizes and categories

There will be 10 Prizes worth €300 each Plus, additional 10 prizes worth €100 each

If you are a lucky winner you can choose from a local provider to do any of the following with family or friends: guided fishing for the family, Zip-lining over a lake, family kayaking adventure, or other water based activity. You can choose for book tokens or arts and crafts tokens if you prefer! Prizes will support local businesses and operators.

Enter under one of two categories: Under 18s and Over 18s.

Closing Date May 31st 2020

How to enter

Entries must be accompanied by a completed competition form, which is available here

We encourage people to use the online portal if possible and it helps with the administration on our end. To enter via the online portal, complete the entry form here and attach your story in .doc, .docx or pdf format only. But you can enter handwritten or typed stories.

There are three ways you can enter:

Online via the competition entry portal
By email to
By post to: Stories from the Waterside, Local Authority Waters Programme, The Lodge, Ballingarrane Estate, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 X370.
Don't forget entries by email and by post online must be accompanied by a completed entry form, which can be printed here.

Entries can be in either English or Irish language. Original and previously unpublished stories only.


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