Tralee Student Shortlisted In ‘Hot Press’ National Writing Competition

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Fenagh Mahoney.

A TRALEE native is one of two Kerry women shortlisted for the final of a prestigious national writing competition…and you can support her.

The shortlist for the renowned Write Here, Write Now competition, which is part of the Centenary Programme, Ireland 2016, and Kerry is represented by Aoife Gallogly from Kenmare along with Tralee native Fenagh Mahoney.

Fenagh recently returned to her hometown following a four-year stint in New York and is now enrolled in a Creative Writing for Digital Media course in IT Tralee.

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Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine student, Aoife Gallogly from Kenmare loves the theatre and acting, but not quite as much as writing. She wants to be an author of Young Adult fiction. She likes to “observe life and discover how to turn it into fiction” – or to just let the idea grow! “Life is one big story to tell, and no one’s story is the same,” she says.

Aoife has been shortlisted in the Second-Level category, while Fenagh has been shortlisted in the Third-Level category.

The competition is run by Hot Press magazine, in association with the Dublin: Two Cities One Book Festival and the Ireland 2016 office.

Four overall winners will each win an internship in Hot Press during the spring or summer of 2016, along with a €250 cash prize. They’ll have their winning entry published in a special issue of the magazine and will also receive a beautifully-crafted personal journal from Paperblanks, perfect for recording thoughts, ideas or stories.

The overall winners will be decided after further detailed deliberation from the judging panel, which consists of award-winning Irish writers Glenn Patterson, Joe O’Connor and Christine Dwyer Hickey, as well as Hot Press Deputy Editor Stuart Clark and Editor, Niall Stokes and Lia Mills, author of Fallen, the Dublin-Belfast: Two Cities, One Book Choice for 2016.

However, the public can now also get involved by telling Hot Press which entries really caught their eye!  Go to from Tuesday, May 3, and press the ‘TELL US YOU LIKE THIS’ button, to put Aoife and Fenagh in the running for the special Write Here Write Now Readers’ Award.

From May 3 onwards, all the shortlisted entries can be read at, where you can show your support for your county in The Readers’ Award.


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