Young journalists invited to take part in competition

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Aspiring journalists aged 10–14 from Dublin’s inner city are invited to submit local news stories to be judged in a new annual competition.

The new Ui Cadhain Prize, launched at the beginning of this year, invites young people to seek out stories from their areas and communities to report on.

The competition offers a €250 cash prize for the winner, with runner-up awards of €150 and €150 for entries which merit special consideration for excellent writing and concept.

The new prize, founded by writer and journalist Natalie Lewendon, is supported by independent citywide newspaper Dublin Inquirer. Winning entries will be printed in May’s issue of Dublin Inquirer, and the three prizewinners will be chosen by the paper’s chief reporter and managing editor Lois Kapila from a shortlist of entries in April.

The prize hopes to inspire interest in local news reporting and investigative journalism by supporting young people to ask questions, tell stories and explore their communities.

Young writers who live or study in the area between Dublin’s canals are invited to enter a news or magazine-style story (of a maximum of 1,000 words) via the website,

The deadline for entries is 31st March 2017.

More information is available on the above site, including writing tips from journalists in all stages of their careers, story prompts and ideas, as well as FAQs and full T&Cs, which apply.


About: The Ui Cadhain Prize is a Dublin-based competition, founded in 2017 and set up to inspire the next generation of journalists.

We’re asking young people to explore their local areas, meet others who live and work in their communities, ask questions, and sniff out a story good enough to print.

We believe local journalism deserves to be celebrated and invested in for the future, and we wanted to create something that would develop an interest in investigative journalism, storytelling and local issues from an early age.

From this idea, we developed the idea of a competition with a focus on creativity and on rewarding young people interested in writing and journalism. The prize is about giving kids a say, recognising their opinions and letting them tell us what stories speak to them, what motivates them, and what intrigues them about their environment.

Note: Natalie Lewendon, founder of the prize, is available for comment and can be contacted by email at