James Joyce 21


Happy Bloomsday 2020! Following on from the 2019 Dubliners short story initiative organised by DR Anne Marie D’Arcy we’re celebrating Bloomsday 2020 with the launch of a year long children’s writing competition, again in collaboration with Marsh’s Library’ Dublin, with an exhibition planned for Bloomsday 2021 when 21 of the entries submitted will be chosen for exhibition. The invitation to submit is open to children and young adults around the world, up to 18 years of age. Inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses, write a story, fiction/ non fiction around just one day in your life. In the spirit of James Joyce we’d like you to write about any one day in your own life, in your own part of the world, in your own words, and in your own voice.

500 words or less

Please include a Story Title, Child/Young Adult’s 1st Name, Age, School, and Country of Residence. Entries by Parent/Guardian Only to info@museumofchildhood.ie

James Joyce 2021 Judging Panel

Dr Sam Slote (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Dr Katherine O’Callaghan (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Dr Richard Barlow (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Professor Margot Backus (University of Houston, USA)


The names of all 21 shortlisted writers, and the names of their schools, will be published in The James Joyce Broadsheet. The overall winner will be considered for publication in the Broadsheet, pending editorial approval.

Here are some fun Joycean links for kids to explore:



Here are some photographs from the Children’s Dubliners, James Joyce Story Writing Competition school workshops and presentation from early March 2020. Wonderful, talented young writers took part, with the fantastic Julie Burke and all the team at Marsh’s Library, the inspirational Dr Anne Marie D’Arcy from the University of Leicester, and Majella McAllister and Dr Matthew Fogarty from the MCI Project. The Presentation was on Wednesday afternoon the 11th March 2020 in the magical setting of Marsh’s Library, Dublin.