The winners of the first RTÉ Guide / Puffin Ireland Children’s Short Story Competition were presented with their prizes this week by RTÉ presenter Sinead Kennedy and popular children’s author Emily Mason at an event in RTÉ. The winners in four categories (Under 10, 11-13, 14-16 and 17 & over) each won a Kindle loaded with a selection of Puffin titles, as well as a gift set of Puffin books, with two runners up in each category presented with a gift set of Puffin books.

The Competition, which ran during May, was very popular, with just over 3,700 postal and email entries, many from groups of schoolchildren who entered with their teachers’ encouragement.

The winners were as follows:

UNDER 10 – Winner: Caleb McKeever (10) from Scotstown in Co Monaghan, for his story Zorcavanian Blunder; Runners up: Grace Flanagan (10) from Dunleer in Co Louth for her story The History Lesson and Alanna Watkins (9) from Birr in Co Offaly for her story Beginning of Easter.

11-13 – Winner: Niamh Regan (12) from Ballaghaderreen in Co Roscommon for her story The Knitting Club; Runners up: Gabrielle Fullam (13) from Lucan in Co Dublin for her story Being Cracked and Sarah Rooney (12) also from Lucan in Co Dublin for her story Cream Crackers.

14-16 – Winner: Katherine Kelly (16) from Clifden in Co Galway for her story Bridges; Runners up: Alex Kavanagh (14) from Sutton in Dublin 13 for his story The Kyrgyzstan Incident and Caoimhe Meaney (15) from Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary for her story Diary.

17+ – Winner: Siobhán Ferriter (29) from Rosslare Harbour in Co Wexford for her story The Longest Minute of My Life; Runners up: Rachel Ní Eindrí (17) for her story Days of Humiliation, Moments of Freedom and Siobhán Gallagher from Whitegate in Co Cork for her story Charlotta.

Congratulations to all of you!

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