Green-Schools Marine are delighted to launch the National Marine Creative Writing Competition 2022. 

The aim of the competition is for individual students to create an original piece of creative writing inspired by the theme “Through the eyes of the ocean”. 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. 


There are four 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 (workshop may be delivered online depending on Covid-19 restrictions, scheduling of workshop is subject to availability and as such may not take place until next academic year 2022-2023). 2nd place winners will receive a trophy and a €75 book token; 3rd place winners will receive a trophy and a €50 book token. 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: 

Download Terms & Conditions of Entry
Entry Form

For queries, contact: 

Chloe at or Caoimhe at