For his three novels, Roddy Doyle invented a suburb on the north side of Dublin and called it Barrytown. The Write Here, Write Now! Build Your Own Barrytown competition is about creating a new imaginary place. It shouldn’t be more than 500 words and can be in any form.

Have a look at some pointers over at the Hot Press site. You’ll find details of the various prizes on offer there too.

Judges include: Roddy Doyle, Kevin Barry, Claire Kilroy, Julie Feeney and Hot Press Edtor Niall Stokes