2019 Writing Contest Underway

January 14, 2019




This year, our contest will challenge students to write an interior monologue presenting the thoughts of an Irish soldier fighting in the British army in World War I. The Irish artist William Orpen’s painting “Thinker on the Butte”  provides a visual image of such an Irish soldier.


Contest entrants will “rent a space” in the head of an Irish soldier. What is he thinking about? Survival? Home? Comrades? The rising against the British in his native Ireland in 1916? The “Christmas Truce” and so on? The writers have free rein to create the thoughts of their soldiers.


We ask the entrant to write a 300-400 word monologue.We will honor the winners and their families and the teachers who had so much to do with their success. Join us as we express our appreciation to teenagers who took up our challenge and to our sponsor, The H.W. Wilson Foundation. We will give a copy of A Traveler's History of Ireland to the libraries of all the schools which sent us an entry.


Please click on the "MARTIN J.KELLY WRITING CONTEST" at the top of the screen to get full contest details and 'Helpful Hints'.

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