Green-Schools are delighted to announce our first ever National Marine Creative Writing Competition. The competition offers an opportunity for primary school students working towards (or previously awarded) their flag for Global Citizenship: Marine Environment, to explore the ocean through a short story or poem.  


There will be three age categories for entries:  

  • 1st & 2nd class 
  • 3rd & 4th class 
  • 5th & 6th class 

Schools may enter up to three entries per age category (maximum nine entries per school), and entries should be no more than 500 words 


As this is our first year running the competition, we have left the theme wide open, as we want to hear what kind of seaside stories and pelagic poems you can come up with – anything goes so long as it’s to do with the ocean! To get you started though we have some prompts below that may help to inspire you: 

“The ocean and me” 


“Deep down in the sea” 

We have some fantastic prizes for three national winners including a €100 book token, a seal adoption from Seal Rescue Ireland and a free writing workshop for your class from Poetry Ireland; there will also be some great prizes for runners up! Winning entries will be shared as part of Green-Schools Marine Week in April – a week of online activities celebrating our oceans! 

How to enter

Online Entry Form

Entries must be submitted through the official online entry form by 4pm on Friday, March 5 2021. Please download a copy of our full terms and conditions of the competition belowalong with our poster and some writing tips to get you started! For queries contact Caoimhe at 

We can’t wait to read your stories!  

The Global Citizenship: Marine Environment theme is sponsored by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.