‘Picture That’ Writing Competition

Please note that this competition is now closed.  A sincere thanks to all who took part. The winning entries will be published on this website by September 18th 2020.

Any other summer and by now you’d have spent time outside with family or friends, savouring the sunshine; anticipating a holiday, the sights, sounds and joys of being free from work or domestic chores for a week or two – or more.

This year though is unlike any other. COVID-19 has cut a swathe across our lives, our plans, our sense of freedom and spontaneity.

So if you missed out on a Fleadh, a Feis,  an Irish Festival or Fete, Aidan O’Brien’s Serpentine winning the Epsom Derby or  the Irish night at Kempton Park.  Or were deprived of agricultural shows, tractor and car rallies, concerts, the annual club outing to the seaside or the BBQ at your Church or  GAA club then you might like to enter our writing competition.

Green Curtain Theatre would like you to help us keep those ‘summertime memories’ alive by writing a short piece that has been inspired by a photo from your album or phone. This piece of writing can be a:

  • Monologue or speech
  • A poem
  • A short play with no more than two characters
  • A story

The best pieces will be recorded by professional actors and made available on our website. They may be staged at a later date, should circumstances allow.

So whether this year means a staycation or a vacation for you,  why not dig out your old photos of summers past and get writing.

Click  on this link to use one of  our Competition pictures  which include those  donated by Sarah Finucane from the ‘Craic is Back’ magazine. 

Or here to use those donated by John Giltenan and the Council of Irish Counties.


  1. Your piece of writing can be a monologue (one person speaking), duologue (two people speaking), a story or poem.
  2. All pieces must show a strong connection to a photo. Entrants who are using their own photo should submit this with their written piece. Entrants who are using one of our photos should indicate which photo inspired the piece.
  3. All written pieces must be set in the UK although they can recall past times in Ireland.
  4. The competition is open to anyone over 18 who is member of the Irish diaspora and resident in the UK. For this competition we ask that you have a parent, grandparent, or great grandparent who is Irish.
  5. One the characters in the piece must show a strong connection to Ireland.
  6. All entries must be typed and submitted online.
  7. Monologues must be 500 words or less, stories may be up to 750 words. Duologues should be no longer than three pages of double spaced script.
  8. Please email your entries to competition@irishinlondontheatre.co.uk
  9. You may only enter the competition once.
  10. All entries should be original and not have been submitted anywhere previously.
  11. We would like all entries to be judged anonymously so please ensure that your contact details, which must include an address in the UK are on a separate page to your writing
  12. We will only contact those whose work has been selected to be recorded. Please be aware that the judges may make some slight editorial changes prior to recording. This is done so that the actors can present your work in its best light.
  13. The judges’ decision is final.
  14. Closing date is midnight on Monday August 31st 2020. The winners will be announced on Friday September 18th 2020.
  15. For any queries please contact competition@irishinlondontheatre.co.uk. Please be aware that we are unable to comment on your work.