This annual award is given to the best story (of no more than 1,500 words)
written by an adult for children aged 7–11.
Anyone can enter, as long as you are over 16 and
your story is previously unpublished.
The author of the winning story will receive €1,000.
And this year, we’re very happy to announce a *second
prize* of a week’s retreat at the marvellous Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co.
We are delighted to announce that Kelly McCaughrain will judge The Caterpillar Story
Prize 2019. Kelly is the author of Flying Tips for Flightless Birds, which
recently won Children’s Books Ireland ‘Book of the Year’ and ‘Children’s
Choice’ and has been nominated for a Carnegie Medal. She has been shortlisted
for the Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize and is a former recipient
of a Moth Short Story Prize. She volunteers with Fighting Words Belfast.
This is what Roddy Doyle had to say about her book: 'This novel really does sparkle. It is witty and
clever, and packs a very well-aimed punch.'
The two winning stories will feature in the winter 2019
issue of The Caterpillar.
Previous winners include Jo Withers, Jessamy Corob Cook, Richard J. Jones, Chris Preece, Rebecca Langton, Tom Kelly and Louise Greig.
You can read last year's winner, Louise Greig's 'Beatrice –A Work of Art' in the Irish Times.
HOW TO ENTER
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
The entry fee is €12 per story, and you can enter as many stories as you like.
You can ENTER ONLINE or send your story along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd’ with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of story attached to: The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Please remember to READ THE RULES of the competition before you enter.