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).  Entrants may write on either fictional or factual themes. Stories should be between 250 and 500 words.

A Novice Writer: is one with a reasonable standard of written English but new to the creative writing process.  The entrants can choose any subject matter and may adopt any genre of writing as long as they create a short work of fiction. In order to develop the story properly, it is recommended that a story in the Novice category should be between 700- 1500 words.

Open Category: We are asking our most experienced and accomplished writers to write their stories to the theme of “Outside”. We encourage writers to use this as a starting point for their story. The theme can be implied in the story and the words “Outside” need not appear in the title or anywhere in the story. Please indicate on the application form if you are entering this category. There is an upper limit of 2,500 words in this category.

Entries are by email only to sccwritingcompetition@outlook.com  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 Tuesday 1st March 2022.  

– Downloads –

SCC Writing Competition Application Form 2022

SCC Creative Writing Competition Poster 2022

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.

Best Wishes for 2022.