Books ‘n’ Bogs Kids & Teens Creative Writing Competition

Laois County Library Service are inviting children and young people aged 15 and under to submit a piece of their writing (max words 500) on the theme of The Bogs of Laois.

Often referred to as the rainforests of Ireland, Irish bogs were formed over 10,000 years ago and support a wide diversity of wildlife and plants as well as being carbon sinks helping to lessen climate change.

Bogs are a vital part of both our history and a sustainable future!

Your writing may be an informative or persuasive piece of non fiction about the science and history of your local bog or bog walk.  Alternatively, you may decide to write a fictional story about bogs and turf /turfcutting in your local area, using the format of your choice (for example, comic format).

If you would like to add illustrations to your piece, we would be delighted to see them.  They are not essential however!  Whatever your interest or style within the theme…let your imagination run wild…we want to read them all!

Write a piece of no more than 500 words on this theme and send it to us for a chance to be one of the winning writers.

Age Group Categories:



Competition closing date: Wednesday 31st July 2024

Winners announced: early August 2024

​First prize in each category: €50 Voucher

Second prize in each category: €25 Voucher

Third prize in each category: €10 National Book Token

How to Enter

Be sure to include your parent or guardian contact details (email or phone number only) with your entry.


  1. Drop into any of the 8 Laois Libraries to submit your entry. It should be clearly marked “Bogs of Laois writing competition”.  Also include your:
    1. Name
    2. Age
    3. Address
    4. Email and/phone number
  2.  Email – If you wish to send your entry by email, you can submit to
  3. By post – Send your writing entry in an envelope clearly marked to: The Bogs of Laois, Laois Library HQ, The Old Mill, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, R32 HDA3


Competition rules

  • The competition is free and open to any young person in the specified age categories who lives in Co. Laois
  • Submissions should be:
    • 250 – 500 words
    • in English language
    • be the entrant’s own work and not published  elsewhere, including online, and not have won any other competition.
  • No changes can be made once entries have been submitted
  • Entries can be submitted online, by post or drop off to a local library
  • Closing date: midnight GMT Wednesday 31 July 2024
  •  The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into The winners, runners-up and highly commended entrants (if applicable) will be contacted by email or post; unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The winning entries will be displayed in Abbeyleix Library for the month of September.
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