The new RTÉJr Podcast wants to get you reading, reviewing ... and writing!

The Podcast: RTÉJr has a brand new podcast called We Love Books all about, you've guessed it, kids books.

Our host, Niamh McManus goes down the rabbit hole finding out what makes authors write, what makes kids read and everything in between - a must-listen for bookworms of all ages. Listen to the first episode below: 

You can listen to the podcast on RTÉSpotifyApple or wherever you get your podcasts from.

The Competition: We Love Books is launching a nationwide writing competition. If you’re in third to sixth class,  we want YOU to get wild, get weird and get writing.  Entries must be 500 words or under and the deadline is April 13th.

The categories:

Third and Fourth class, your theme is "Go Wild!"

For Fifth and Sixth Class, you’ll be writing on the theme of "You’re what?!?" 

Call it what you want, write about what you like, but use the theme to guide and inspire you.  For example, with "Go Wild", you could write about a jungle adventure, or about something close to home, for example, what would happen if there was a lion in the playground?!?  (We bet he’d hog the swings...)  Let the theme spark your imagination and follow wherever it leads. 

For "You’re What?!?" you could write about a Dad who is secretly a special agent, a girl who is an undercover vampire, a boy who is an elephant at the weekends.  OK so that last suggestion is a bit out there, but hey, it’s creative writing, anything’s possible!

We will also accept Scéilín as Gaeilge...

What you’ll win:
The winner of each category will receive a whopping €250 worth of books for their school, generously awarded by Children’s Books Ireland and the ultimate glory of being a We Love Books legend, but that’s not all!

Our panel of expert judges will pick the top 5 stories in each category and all 10 writers will be invited to RTÉ for the day to receive the full We Love Books treatment, including but not limited to...

A visit to RTÉ HQ - a tour of the radio centre, lunch (a writer has got to eat), goodie bags and your choice of a book from the We Love Books library. 

Your very own professional studio session where you will record your story for broadcast on our podcast, to be edited with sound effects, music, all the bells and whistles.

Go get writing! And, most importantly... keep reading!

The boring bits (but you need to know them):

Entries can be emailed (typed, or a photograph of the written story) to welovebooks@rte.ie or if you're more pen and ink old fashioned, posted, with application form attached to We Love Books, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 and we must receive them by April 13th.

All entries are non-returnable, so ensure this is a copy of the original. (Entries will be confidentially disposed of on June 1st)

The story must be the work of the entrant alone, not based on an existing book or film.

By entering you confirm that you are willing to read your story aloud for the radio. (Or nominate a person to read for you.)

Entrants must be able to travel with a parent or guardian to RTÉ in Donnybrook to record in May 2020.

Photos may be taken of the winning stories and their authors for use in publicizing the Podcast.

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