We’re delighted to announce the winners of our Writing for a Change Flash Fiction Competition. Partnering with the National Botanic Gardens and Channel Magazine, we asked writers to respond to the climate crisis with submissions under 400 words in English and Irish. The prizes include a place on a one-day writing workshop at the IWC, publication in partner Irish literary magazine: Channel, and a €50 book voucher.

The climate crisis and the environment are constant subjects of discussion, but it can be hard to stay aware of the need to be consciously active in making environmental improvements in our daily lives. This year’s entries were judges by Liz McManus, Michele Forbes and Éanna Ní Lamhna, the winners are Julie Le Blanc, Laura Woulfe, Tegan Forde, and Gearóidín Nic Cárthaigh.


Julie Le Blanc was born in Rhode Island but currently lives in the Midlands with her husband and their many books. She enjoys reading and writing, teaching English as a second language, and conducting edible experiments in her kitchen.





Laura Woulfe has a BA in English and History and an MA in Art History from UCD. Over the last six years she has worked primarily in Ireland’s Visual Art and Design sectors. She currently lives and works in Dublin. 





Tegan Forde is a writer hailing from Co. Wicklow. She writes in both English and Irish, and has been writing since childhood. Tegan developed a love for Irish language literature during her time spent at Irish language primary and secondary schools. Her inspirations include music, nature, Irish folklore and Irish history.





Tá Gearóidín Nic Cárthaigh ag cur fúithi in Iarthar Chorcaí. Scríobhann sí gearrscéalta, splancfhiscean agus dánta as Gaeilge agus as Béarla. Tá saothar dá cuid foilsithe in irisleabhair éagsúla, ar líne agus i gcló.