Posted by Jacqueline Hogge, The Tuam Herald in News.

A young writer from Claregalway is in the running for a prestigious award, having made the short list for this year’s Write Here Write Now competition.

Blythe Stewart, a first year student at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, travels to the Mansion House in Dublin tomorrow (Thursday) for the Hot Press competition in association with the Dublin One City One Book Festival.

The competition aims to promote the best new student writing talent across Ireland and the judging panel includes Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle.

Blythe, 12, who is from Oranmore, has received special recognition for her talent given her young age and is hoping for success in the second level category.

She is also hoping to secure a special readers award that is determined by public vote, so is encouraging people to log onto the website and read her entry.

If successful in winning, the young student will be spending the summer holidays on an internship at Hot Press, where her winning piece will be published in a special edition of the magazine. “There was a huge level of interest in the competition, with thousands of entries pouring in,” said Hot Press editor and chairman of the judging panel, Niall Stokes.

“It was really tough narrowing this tsunami down to a shortlist, but that’s what you have to do. In the final analysis, all of the judges were in agreement that the quality of the shortlisted entries was extraordinarily high, and that we have uncovered some remarkable young Irish writing talent.”

Write Here Write Now is supported by the Dublin City Libraries, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Eason and Microsoft Office 365.

To vote for Blythe, log on to and press the Tell us you like this button to put her in the running for the special Write Here Write Now Readers’ Award.