Winners of the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards 2017

The Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards returned this year under the stewardship of local author Faith Hogan and creative writer Lizann Gorman.

The Awards, a feature of the festival in the past were revived in 2017, focusing initially on primary school writers. Inspired by the success of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the awards are inspired by the HaHoLit (Half Hour Literary) Award, where children are challenged to set aside just half an hour to create a short story or poem in English or Irish.

Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards Winners 2017
Winners of the 2017 Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards pictured with (back row, L-R) Jennifer Gorman, BSF Office; Billy Lewis, BSF Chairman; Paul Brennan, sponsor; Orla Slack, An Teanga Bheo; Faith Hogan, Author; Terry McDonagh, Judge; Lizann Gorman, Author and Cathy Ennis, BSF Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prizewinners were presented with their prizes in Ballina Arts Centre by poet Terry McDonagh and the winners are as follows:

Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards – Overall Winners

Abigail McNulty Age 12 Finnegan’s Story
Laura Jackson Age 8 The Salmon Snatcher
Danny McDonald Age 11 No Title

Each of the overall winners won a set of books for themselves and book vouchers for their schools.

Others to receive awards were: 
Caitlin Thompson Age 12 Priorities
Ann Kate Haugh Age 12 The knowledge of the Land
Lauren Comer Age 8 Beavis Learns a Lesson
Anna Maughan Age 12 Fledging
Ciara Finnerty Age 12 Stopping in Time
Aoibhe Donnelly Age 9 Friends
Liam Maughan Sports
Caoimhe Barrett Age 12 Leaves
Ultan Tuffy Age 12 The Spirit of Eaon
Kim Stadler Age 11 The Summer Holiday
Emma Pritchett Age 12 (Poem) No Title
Conor Murphy Age 8 Salmon
Laura Gallagher Age 11 The Salmon of Life Everlasting
Oliver Jackson The Salmon of Knowledge
Darragh Moore The Salmon of Knowledge
Emily McDonnell Age 10 The Salmon Festival
Liam O’Boyle Salmon of Knowledge RAP
Adam Foody Age 9 The Salmon of Knowledge
Niall Barrett The Salmon of Knowledge
Niamh Cassidy Age 7 My Class
Micheal O’Boyle (Poem) No Title

 

Other winners received book vouchers courtesy of Easons Ballina.

Congratulations to all the winners!  The 2017 awards were very  kindly sponsored by Paul Brennan, Solicitor (main sponsor), Eason Ballina, Creative Writing Mayo and An Teanga Bheo Irish Language School, Ballina.

 

Read more about the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards:

The Junior Literary Awards return to Ballina Salmon Festival!

The Junior Literary Awards return to Ballina Salmon Festival!

Mayo and Ballina, in particular has much to be proud of in terms of local creative writing, and the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards have been revived this year to celebrate this talent, and to foster and encourage a love of writing among our young people – which ultimately contributes to a vibrant local literary culture.

The Awards, which were a feature of the festival in the past and are being revived this year by committee members Ger Hogan and Lizann Gorman will focus initially on primary school writers. Inspired by the success of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), this award is billed as the HaHoLit (Half Hour Literary) Award, where children are challenged to set aside just half an hour to create a short story or poem in English or Irish.

The awards have been kindly sponsored by Paul Brennan, Solicitor (main sponsor), Eason Ballina, Creative Writing Mayo and An Teanga Bheo School of Irish, Ballina.

 

Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Award Sponsors

 

Who can enter? 

The Junior Literary Awards are open to children under 13 years and the categories include both short story and poetry.

Awards will be made in both English and Gaeilge.

 

Categories

  • Short Story (Max 1000 words)
  • Irish Short Story (Max 1000 words)
  • Poetry
  • Irish poetry

 

How to enter

Entry forms can be downloaded here or collected from the Ballina Salmon Festival office.

Entries are to be submitted to the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on Pearse Street by Saturday 1st July, and shortlisting will take place the following week. The successful shortlist will be published on the Festival Website and local media outlets, and parents/guardians will be contacted directly.

The cost of entry is €2, or €5 for three entries.

Click here to download the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards Entry Form

 

Prize-giving Night

A prize-giving ceremony will take place in Ballina Arts Centre at 7pm on Thursday 6th July. Winners will have the opportunity to present their work in front of an audience.

 

Judges

The judges this year are local writer Helen Falconer for short fiction, poet Terry McDonagh for poetry and Orla Ní Slaic of An Teanga Bheo for all Irish entries.

 

Prizes

There will be a number of prizes awarded on the night including:

  • A workshop in An Teanga Bheo School of Irish
  • A voucher for a winning school for entry to Tumble Jungle
  • A Workshop in Creative Writing Pass, E
  • Easons Book Vouchers and
  • The winning title of the Junior Bard of Ballina.

Winning entries will be published on the Ballina Salmon Festival website. We look forward to reading your entries!

 

Junior Literary Awards Ballina Salmon Festival

Pictured with local children is main sponsor Paul Brennan Solicitor accompanied by Ballina Salmon Festival PRO, Anne-Marie Flynn and event organisers Ger (Faith) Hogan and Lizann Gorman. 

 

 

Junior Literary Awards Ballina Salmon Festival