Fifth Year Student Pens Prize-winning Short Story


Robert Bolton of fifth year writes:

In February Cork City Libraries announced its third annual short story competition. Writers had to be between the ages of 13 and 18 and the stories could be between 1000-4000 words. First and second prize was on offer, along with 5 other prizes for shortlisted winners. Those shortlisted would also receive a written critique by local writer Kevin Doyle. This was my first time entering into a creative writing competition and I didn’t expect to get anywhere with it, in fact this was my first proper short story. I was taken by complete surprise when I was notified a week before world teen day that I had received a prize.

23 April was World Teen Day, and to celebrate, various events were held at the Cork City Library. Among these events was the announcement of the winners of the third annual short story competition. I was delighted when Kevin Doyle announced I was one of five who was shortlisted. I received a written critique of my story along with a €25 voucher for Waterstones. (If I could boast here!) Kevin Doyle admired my ability of creating a complex story with characters that have their own “personal entanglements”.

Robert Bolton, Fifth Year