Louise Howe, a Sixth Year student at Bandon Grammar School, has beaten off just under 10,000 other entrants to make it through to the final 21 of the 2014 John West Fantasy Writing Competition.
For this year’s competition, students nationwide were asked to write a short story in the fantasy and science fiction genre with the theme, ‘A Wild Adventure’. There are three categories – Primary (Fifth/Sixth class), Junior Secondary (First – Third year) and Senior Secondary (Transition Year/Fourth – Sixth Year). This is the fourth year of the competition.
The final will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at The Mansion House, Dublin and the overall winner will receive a tablet PC and a meeting with an Irish literary agent.
Louise’s story, ‘The Mermaid’ is shortlisted in the Senior Secondary category. Set on a beach in the first cold night of Winter, Ciara and fifteen-year old Niamh wait anxiously as they are the bait for a mermaid who is coming to steal maidens for the sea. But what happens when Ciara gets caught up in a trap set by the fishermen for the mermaid?
Louise’s teacher is Sarah Kelly.