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

We are delighted to announce the 6th annual  SCC Songwriting Competition for Further Education students. The competition is open to all full-time further education students attending a CDETB college and generous prizes have been allocated by the SCC.  Your original song should be designed for acoustic perfromance, with maximum two performers. To enter, please fill out the submission form below. MP3 formats are only allowed and we have limited the upload to 15MB in memory. 

Closing date for entries is Thursday 6th February 2020. The competition will be judged by Music Industry professionals.  We will feature the songs, and name the prizewinners at a special event, date and venue to be confirmed.

Please read the competition rules before making a submission and the best of luck!

FE Songwriters Event – Workmans’ Club Wednesday 12th February 2020

FE Songwriters Event


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Step 2: Fill in the Form and Submit!

(name) agree to abide by the rules & regulations of this competition. I am a full-time CDETB student.


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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 the The Child Within.

Below you can download posters for display in your College or Centre and entry forms with  guidelines. Please write your own name on the poster so that your students can contact you for information on the competition.

The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 14th February 2020.  

Presentation of Awards will take place on Thursday 30th April 2020 at the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Send Short Story, Film and Memoir Entries to:

Kathy O’Neill
Crumlin College of FE
Crumlin Road,
Dublin 12.

Send Poetry Entries to:

Paula Egan
Mountjoy Education Unit,
Mountjoy Prison,
North Circular Road,
Dublin 7

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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 2020.

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