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SCC Creative Writing Competition


The Social Cultural Council is running a Creative Writing Competition

Categories in the Competition

Short Story:

There are three categories in the short story section: NewNovice, and Open.

– New Writers: Entrants may write on either fictional or factual themes. Stories in the New Writers section should be between 250 and 500 words.

– Novice Writer: 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 1000- 2000 words.

– Open Category: The Open Writer is one with a very high standard of written English. The Open Writer may be an adult with experience of creative writing or a talented young person with creative flair. Open Writing typically has greater complexity of meaning and more fluency of language than the Novice and New categories. For the 2016 competition we ask Open Writers to write to the theme of ‘Rising’. There is an upper limit of 2,500 words in this category.

Memoir: Submissions in the Memoir category should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words. The memoir may be autobiographical or focus on the way of life in the past. Younger students may like to write about an important incident in their childhood or adolescence. The memoir should have a title. Judges will be looking for writing that is interesting, thought provoking or entertaining.

Poetry: Entrants may submit up to 4 poems. There are two categories in the competition: New and Novice There is no limit on length of poems. Skill, experience and subject matter will determine into which category the poem should be entered. Poets are asked to nominate their own category. The judges will review and put the work into a more appropriate category if necessary.

Closing date: 12th February, 2016

For more information please speak to SCC teacher: Donncha McKenna