Marine Creative Writing Competition 2024

The Green-Schools National Marine Creative Writing Competition 2024 is now open for entries!

This is the fourth year of this inspiring competition, and Green-Schools Marine Officers can’t wait to see what wonderful stories are submitted this year.

For this year’s theme we have taken inspiration from World Ocean Day 2023 Planet Ocean: Tides are changing.  “Earth is the only known planet covered by water yet somehow it is named for its land”, the ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, and is over 10,000 metres deep – yet over 80% of the ocean remains unexplored. We rely on the ocean for so much, yet we are only now starting to give them attention and resources to protect them, the “Tides are changing”. People are working together to raise awareness of the vital importance of our oceans and the role they play in sustaining a healthy planet.

What does the “tides are changing”, mean to you?  How are people working together to help the ocean? Can you describe the new wave of excitement towards protecting the ocean and the entirety of our blue planet? Use your imagination and tell us a story about how the tides are changing – use the information above to inspire you or come up with your own interpretation altogether!


The aim of the competition is for individual students to create an original piece of creative writing inspired by the theme “Tides are changing”. The piece may take the form of either a short story or a poem and must be no more than 500 words in length.


The competition is open to primary and secondary schools that are registered Green-Schools currently working on, or previously awarded for, the Global Citizenship: Marine Environment theme. Entries must adhere to the Terms and Conditions and be submitted by the deadline of midnight, Friday, 15th March, 2024.


There are three categories for entry:

  • Primary School – 1st & 2nd class
  • Primary School – 3rd & 4th class
  • Primary School – 5th & 6th class
  • Secondary School (all year groups)

Entries from Special Schools are strongly encouraged. Special School entries may be entered into whichever age category is deemed most appropriate by the student’s teacher.


There will be one overall national winner for each age category: each 1st place winner will receive a trophy, €100 book token, a whale or dolphin adoption from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and a writing workshop for their class from Poetry Ireland. 2nd place winners will receive a trophy and a €75 book token; 3rd place winners will receive a trophy and a €50 book token. All winners will receive a printed booklet anthology including their winning entry. Equivalent prizes may be offered subject to availability.

How to enter

Before entering, please read the full Terms & Conditions, which can be downloaded through the link below. Entries may be typed or handwritten but must be submitted through the official online entry form:

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