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Lisdoonvarna student shortlisted in Eason competition

Pictured l-r, here at the launch of Eason Creates are Louise O’Neill (author and panel judge); Secondary school student Harry Stone (aged 12);  Dave O’Callaghan (Eason’s youth and children’s category manager) and Secondary school student Katie Marie (aged 12).

Pictured l-r, here at the launch of Eason Creates are Louise O’Neill (author and panel judge); Secondary school student Harry Stone (aged 12); Dave O’Callaghan (Eason’s youth and children’s category manager) and Secondary school student Katie Marie (aged 12).

Eason today announced the 18 finalists in Eason Creates, a new campaign providing a platform for secondary level students across the country to become one of Ireland’s newest published authors.

Since October 2014, over 400 secondary students submitted their short story creations, on a subject of their choice, to http://www.easons.com. The Eason panel of book experts, including bestselling young adult author Louise O’Neill and Eason’s David O’Callaghan, have shortlisted 18 short stories as finalists in the Eason Creates Writing Competition.

Among the 18 finalists in Eason Creates is Ríona Burke (18) from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna who is a finalist in the senior category with her exciting story about true colours and soul mates.

Louise O’Neill commented: “The level of creativity coming through from the entries is really astounding. The Irish art of story-telling is alive and well! If you are an aspiring writer you need to read constantly, and to write as much as you can. Try and write every day, whether that be in a journal, a blog, or setting yourself a writing exercise such as describing your First Holy Communion day in 500 words.”

The shortlisted entries have been published online at http://www.easons.com where the public are asked to vote for their favourite stories. The expert panel will judge the shortlist and their scoring, combined with the public vote, will determine one overall winner each for Junior and Senior cycles.

The shortlisted stories from the combined public and judging panel vote will then be published by Kobo as an e-book. The winning contestants from each category will receive a €500 Eason gift card and a Kobo Aura HD eReader along with €1,500 worth of books for their school from Eason.

Pictured l-r, at the launch of Eason Creates are Secondary school students Harry Stone (aged 12) and Katie Marie (aged 12).

Pictured l-r, at the launch of Eason Creates are Secondary school students Harry Stone (aged 12) and Katie Marie (aged 12).

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