Guidance to entrants

The Mary Mulvihill Award 2020 invites projects and works in text, audio, visual or mixed formats that explore places, artefacts, personalities, and issues—such as public awareness or conservation—relating to Ireland’s scientific and industrial heritage.

This year’s theme celebrates the forthcoming republication of Ingenious Ireland, Mary’s landmark book, which, county by county, reclaimed for contemporary readers Ireland’s long neglected scientific, industrial, geological, ecological and archaeological heritage. We invite entrants to explore Ireland’s ‘mysteries and marvels’, be they known or unknown, in the same spirit of intellectual curiosity and pleasure in storytelling that Mary brought to bear on her work.

An entry could comprise a written essay, a photographic essay, a series of blog posts, or an audio or video production that explores an interesting place, person, object or phenomenon that has a tangible connection to Ireland’s scientific, industrial or environmental heritage.

Text-based entries should run to approximately 2,500 words; video or audio entries should be approximately 12-15 minutes. These are merely indications of scale, and will need to be translated to equivalent measures of work in other formats.

The award is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in an Irish higher education institution at the time of submission. In addition to the overall award of €2,000, the judges may, at their discretion, make an additional award of €500 for a highly commended entry.

Joint entries or individual submissions are eligible. The competition is open to unpublished work or material published or broadcast after 1 September 2019. Submissions for the award should include evidence of current registration as a student, and an attestation that the submitted work is the applicant’s original work.

In the event that the electronic file of the work is too large to send by email, please contact the Administrator in good time for advice on how submission. Queries on this and any other matter should be directed to the Administrator of the Mary Mulvihill Award:

Finished submissions may be sent to this address or uploaded to by Midnight Tuesday 31 March 2020.

2020 Mary Mulvihill Award Submission Form

  • About You

  • Please provide a screen capture / image of your current student ID.
  • About Your Entry

  • You may upload a PDFs, Word Documents or images - these must be under 8 MB. Please contact administrator if your documents are larger so we can accommodate you.
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  • You may provide other submission such as online articles, blog entries or hosted media files such as YouTube or Vimeo. Use a new line for each link.