A creative writing competition in memory of an inspirational man from Kildare has been launched for 2022.
Michael (Mick) Mullan, 28, from Eadestown, died in November 2020 with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer on several occasions.
The Michael Mullan Charity Fund writing competition is open to short stories, flash fiction, poetry and micro-fiction.
All money raised will go to kidney cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in the United States where Mr Mullan received treatment.
The competition closes at midnight on July 14 and the winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at Kildare Municipal Library in the autumn, as part of the Kildare Readers Festival.
The judges are John MacKenna, Niamh Boyce, Caroline E Farrell and Lynn Buckle.
The Michael Mullan Charity Fund was established by the Mullan family to remember Mr Mullan, who died following a long battle with cancer, and to raise funds for worthy causes with which he was associated.
A family spokesperson said: ‘The chosen charity for 2022 is the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where Michael experienced state-of-the-art treatment and care during his five last years.
“All funds raised from the writing contests will go directly to supporting kidney cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.”
The creative writing competition, open to people aged 16 and over, has a top prize of €200 for short story, €100 for flash fiction, €100 for poetry and two four-week writing courses with Kildare Writing Center for microfiction.
Second prize is €50 for short story, €50 for flash fiction, €50 for poetry and a four-week writing course with the Kildare Writing Center for micro-fiction.
The winning works from each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Charity Fund website as well as the Kildare Library and Arts Department website.
For the short story contest, entries should not exceed 2,000 words, not including the headline.
Flash Fiction contest entries must not exceed 500 words, not including the title.
Poems should not exceed 40 lines in length, excluding the title.
Microfiction entries should not exceed 300 words without the title and are restricted to applicants from, living or working in County Kildare.
Full competition details are available at www.michaelmullancharityfund.com.
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