An 11-year-old wordsmith from Churchill has been named as this year's North West Words Young Writer of the Year. 

Tara McDermott is a fifth class pupil at Stramore NS Glendowan, who amazed competition judge Deirdre Hines with her creative writing piece called ‘Octavia’s Wish’.  Tara’s school principal Therese Mc Monagle was thrilled for her student winning this prize.

Competition judge Deirdre Hines presenting the Macks Ltd sponsored prize of Young Writer of the Year to Tara Mc Dermott.

North West Words is a group that promotes the spoken and written word in the region by hosting monthly events with established and emerging writers, has an open mic for anyone to perform their work and has an online Arts magazine. 

NWW volunteers launched the Young Writer of the Year competition with great success in January 2018. This year, there was hundreds of entries and they came from all across Donegal, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and Africa.

Sponsored by Eason, the contest saw fantastic poetry and short story submissions from talented young people from across the North West. Both the poetry and prose could be based on any theme, giving these young writers a blank canvas for their imaginations to flourish.

There are three categories; Primary Schools, Secondary Schools Junior Cycle, and Secondary Schools Senior Cycle.

The awards ceremony took place at Florence Food Co. in Letterkenny, with judge Deirdre Hines and Cllr. Gerry McMonagle presenting the prizes.

Conor Mc Eniff from Macks ltd provided sponsorship and the trophy for the overall winner – The Young Writer of the Year.

North West Words Young Writer of the Year Competition 2018

See the full list of finalists below:

Finalists: Primary School Section
Diary of an Orca – Lucian Brown
Octavia’s Wish –Tara Mc Dermott
My family – Rebecca Gallagher
The Defeat of the Sewing Machine- Maria Foy
The House of the Goose’s Nest- Cornelia Brown
Quiz Night – Sean Mc Gettrick

Finalists: Junior Secondary School
A creature named Fear- Michaela Galvin
The Crash –Ruth Mc Loughlin
Murder in a Small Town – Mirren Dunlop
Material Girl – Danielle Masterson Burrows
Yellow – Zuzanna Rotuska
Wind as Fox –Thomas Cannon

Finalists: Secondary School Senior
Downfall – Thomas Bird
Waves – Darragh Harkin
Lost Feathers – Brooke Everett
Darkness and Light –Jessica Duffy
Three Months – Kayleigh Warren
Stress- Cian Downey