Cayla makes it on to ‘Write Here’ shortlist

Derry student Cayla O’Kane has made it on to the shortlist of a prestigious national writing competition.

The St Mary’s College pupil has made it through to the second level of the Write Here, Write Now competition, which is part of the Centenary Programme. The competition is run by Hot Press magazine, in association with the Dublin: Two Cities One Book Festival and the Ireland 2016 office.

Cayla is now in the running for the overall prize which includes an internship in Hot Press this summer as well as a £250 cash prize.

Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said: “There was a huge level of interest in the competition, with thousands of entries pouring in. It was really tough narrowing this tsunami down to a shortlist. But it was gratifying – and hugely encouraging – that the quality of the shortlisted entries proved to be so extraordinarily high. We have uncovered some remarkable young Irish writing talent. Everyone who is on the shortlist has good reason to feel very proud, as indeed do the schools and the colleges where they study. In that sense they are all winners already.”

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