Actress and writer Pauline McLynn is encouraging burgeoning authors to get writing and enter A. Vogel's national short story writing competition, which will run over the next five months.
It is aimed at encouraging the creative people of Ireland to write the perfect bedtime story to help you on your way to the Land of Nod.
Pauline, the author of eight published novels comments on the power of a good bedtime story, and why she is happy to launch the competition and act as a judge for the overall winning entry;
"The written word holds so much therapeutic power, whether you are writing the words or reading them. I think we have all experienced the simple luxury of settling into a good story after a long day, and the ability of words to transport the reader to a different place or state of mind never ceases to amaze me, it is part of the reason that I love my job as a writer so much.
I think the challenge of asking people to write a story specifically for bedtime is a really nice creative one, so I am encouraging everybody out there who has a story to tell, to download or pick up an entry form and get writing! I look forward to a winter cosying up with some of the great bedtime stories from the competition".
The competition is free to enter, running from November 2011 to May 2012, and three prizes will be awarded (1st: €500, 2nd: €300, 3rd: €100) chosen by Pauline McLynn and Nadine O'Regan (Sunday Business Post Books and Arts Editor). You can also check out our top five stories on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AVogelROI) every month and vote for your favourite. Entry forms can be downloaded from the website.