The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Energy’.

The topic of Energy may be addressed in scientific, environmental, imaginative or other terms. Entries are welcome in many – and mixed – media formats. As examples for guidance, written texts may be essays, memoirs or other narratives. Photos, infographics, comic strips or other visual forms may be used as illustration, or as the main content. Interviews may be presented in written, video or audio forms. We encourage students thinking of entering this competition to approach the theme as almost endless; there are no prescriptions on how it might be approached.

The award is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in a higher education institution anywhere on the island of Ireland 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 The competition is open to unpublished work or material published or broadcast after 1 September 2021. 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 Friday 31st March, 2023.


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