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

“Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink”, goes the poem. The tension between the bountiful availability of water and the challenges of managing this resource is an inescapable aspect of the competition theme.

The topic of water 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 The competition is open to unpublished work or material published or broadcast after 1 September 2020. 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 29th April, 2022.

2022 Mary Mulvihill Award Submission Form

  • About You

  • Please provide a screen capture / image of your current student ID.
    Max. file size: 2 MB.
  • 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.
    Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 128 MB.
    • 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.