Raheen House Hotel: Children’s Short Fiction Competition

We are launching a children’s fiction writing competition for kids aged 5-12, because we understand how hard it is to keep little people upbeat and entertained at this time! 

For those of you with children that like to draw and paint, we will run a second competition in June for children those with artistic talents, to illustrate the winning story. The winner will receive a €50 book voucher and have their story published on this website for the world to see! We will also publish a shortlist of ten writers that almost made the winning spot. Once the winner is selected, we will run a second competition for children with artistic talents, to illustrate the winning story.

I will be selecting the winning story, and I look forward to reading the creations of the next generation of local fiction writers!


Age range: 5-12

Genre: Fiction

Theme: Open

Word limit: 500 words

Conditions: Must be a resident of South Tipperary

Deadline: EXTENDED to MIDNIGHT OF THE 7TH MAY due to issues with email.

Winner to be Announced: The shortlist will be announced on the Raheen House Facebook page by the end of May and the winner will be selected in early June, depending on entry numbers.

Submission Rules and Guidelines:

1. In the subject bar of the email please put the name of the story and the name of the entrant, their age and the general area in South Tipp they are from.


Barry Jotter and the Angry Wizard by Jane Rowling aged seven from Cahir

2. Do not put any identifying information on the story itself as the stories will be judged blind. Please submit entries by email to raheenmarketing@gmail.com

There were issues with the original email address posted, so please resend if you have any concerns.

3. Please submit only PDF documents or Word documents

4. Please double space entries and use a size twelve font, either Ariel, Calibri or Times New Roman

5. The title of the story must be the name of the document so that it can be connected to the email that sent it when identifying winners.

6. Decisions are final.

7. The work must be an original work by the child submitting.

8. Parental consent to the publication of the story on this website must be granted before the final winner is selected from the shortlist. The rights to the work will remain with the child.

9. If the conditions of entry are not met, the entry will be disqualified.

10. We reserve the right to extend the competition in terms of geographical boundaries if there are less than 100 entrants.

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My name is Catherine Day. After practising law for many years, I've decided to take the leap, leave law temporarily, and write the novel I've always wanted to write.

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