Sports and Cultural Council - City of Dublin Education and Training Board

The SCC student bursary award scheme has been in operation since 1992. Renamed the Niall Smyth Memorial Bursary in 2003 to honour the memory of Niall Smyth, a teacher in Plunket College, who died suddenly in September 2002. Niall was actively involved in many SCC activities.

The scheme is there to assist CDETB students to achieve their potential in their particular Sporting or Cultural endeavours. Approximately 20 students benefit from the Bursary each year, including:

Sport – All sports considered, including: Gaelic Games, Soccer,  Athletics, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Canoeing, Hockey, Kick Boxing, Cycling, Karate and Judo.

Cultural –  All cultural activities including: Creative Writing, Music, Drama, Dance, Art and Photography.

We are hoping that all CDETB Colleges will nominate at least one student for the award.

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Extended deadline! 26/02/21

In the ‘year like no other’ we are still here giving our writers a platform to express themselves in literary form. Perhaps students will write about Lockdown or The Third Wave or prefer speculative fiction to escape our ‘new normal.’ All genres are welcome.

Our competition categories are Short Story, Poetry and Memoir and Screenplay. To ensure a level playing field, we offer categories of New Writer, Novice Writer and Open Writer in the Short Story and Poetry competitions. 

A New Writer is someone new to writing in English (Adult Literacy or an international student with  an elementary knowledge of English). 

A Novice Writer is one with a reasonable standard of written English but new to the creative writing process. 

An Open Writer is a more accomplished, amateur writer. As always, we are asking our Open Short Story writers to write to a theme which may be implied in the story.  This year the theme for the Open Short Story is Connection/Rediscovery.

Entries are by email only to  and must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Entrants must clearly indicate in the subject heading of the email what category they are entering, e.g. Memoir or New Poetry and attach their entry form and entry.

The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 26th February 2021.  

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no Awards Ceremony and prizes will be sent by post in April/May 2021.

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Our Chairperson is Colin Carters from Inchicore College of FE. Colin is assisted by Paula Egan, Mountjoy Education Centre, Robert Quinn, Coláiste Dhúlaigh and Kathy O’Neill, Crumlin College.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the SCC Creative Writing Competition.

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2021.

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