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NEILL O’NEILL CREATIVITY AWARDS
Writing

Please ensure you read these rules carefully before entering the competition.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification.

GENERAL
Opening and closing dates:
Competition opens 9am, Monday, February 4, 2019
Entries close 5pm, Friday, March 29, 2019
Winners announced in The Mayo News, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (Please note new date, due to large volume of entries.)

THEME
Entrants are invited to submit work under the theme ‘What Mayo Means to Me’. This theme must be reflected in the work, though entrants are free to place a different title on their work.
Entrants are free to include a short explanation (between 50 and 200 words) as to how the written piece reflects the competition’s theme, ‘What Mayo Means to Me’, if they feel their submission needs further clarification. This explanation should be included in the email or, for postal entries, in the cover letter (see Submissions).

ENTRANTS
Open to anyone who lives or has lived in Mayo, or who has a strong connection to the county.
Mayo News employees, columnists and freelancers are not eligible to enter. Judges and their immediate families are also ineligible.

JUDGING
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Storyline, style, structure, tone, presentation.
The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.

SUBMISSIONS
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

One entry per individual.

Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.

No editorial feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entrants.

Online entries:
Microsoft Word, RTF or similar readable format (including .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt). No images.
To apply, email CreativityAwards@mayonews.ie, with the email subject line ‘Neill O’Neill Creative Competition – Writing’.
The body of the email should include the entrant’s full name, email address, postal address, phone number and (where appropriate) school class or year.
The written piece for the competition should be attached separately to the email, in its own document.
Please do not include your name or any personal details in the document containing the written piece for the competition.


Postal entries:
All entries must be typed and in Times Roman font or similar.
A separate cover letter should include the entrant’s full name, email address, postal address, phone number and (where appropriate) school and class or year.
Please do not include your name or any personal details in the document containing the written piece for the competition.
Postal entries should be sent to Neill O’Neill Creativity Awards (Writing), The Fairgreen, Westport, Co Mayo,  F28 X6T7. Entries can also be hand delivered to the office. (Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm.)  
The Mayo News and the judges do not accept liability for loss of, or damage to work. The Mayo News is not responsible for returning entries to entrants. Those who wish to pick up their entry after the competition can do so by calling to The Mayo News office during its opening hours, any time between May 13 and May 31.

GENRES
Genres accepted: fiction, non-fiction (e.g. biography, memoir, essay, true story)

WORD COUNTS
Please note that the maximum word count is not a target. Entries with lower word counts are welcome.

National School category:     500 words maximum, no minimum.
Secondary School category:     1,000 words maximum, no minimum.
Adult category:        1,500 words maximum, no minimum.

LANGUAGE
All entries/cover letters must be submitted in the English language.

CHANGES
Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made.

PUBLICATION
The Mayo News will have the unrestricted right to publish / exhibit entries. The submissions must not have been published previously elsewhere.


PRIZES
Winner, National School category: €200 and trophy for the author; publication of entry in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie; profile of school in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie.
​Winner, Secondary School category: €300 and trophy for the author; publication of entry in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie; profile of school in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie.
​Winner, Adult (over 18s) category: €500 and trophy for the author; publication of entry in The Mayo News and on mayonews.ie; 12-month subscription to The Mayo News digital edition.

AWARDS CEREMONY & EXHIBITION
The winning entrants will be presented with their awards at a special awards ceremony, to be held shortly after the winners are announced. The winners’ work will form part of an exhibition to be run after the winners have been announced.

MPU Mayo