The All Ireland Scholarships (AIS) Alumni Association Creative Writing Competition was established in 2020 to create a new and engaging platform for recipients of the Scholarship to enter.

One of the key objectives of the AIS Alumni Association is to encourage engagement and alignment of existing Scholarship recipients and create a feeling that scholars are part of something special – a unique group of high-achievers.

Following the success of an anecdotal short story competition held in 2019, there was a clear appetite for blossoming writers to express their talents in longer form.

And so plans for a creative writing competition with substantial prizes for short story entries in either fiction or creative non-fiction categories were drawn up.

A select team of esteemed, well-known judges was assembled, a date was set in November 2020 and the inaugural AIS Alumni Association Creative Writing Competition was established.