Edinburgh Folk Club’s Annual Songwriting Competition

1 The 2016 Annual Song Writing Competition (#40) will take place in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh on Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 8pm

2 All entries must be in the hands of the chair (address below) no later than Wednesday 25 May 2016.
Late entries will not be accepted.
The song lyrics, preferably typewritten, must be submitted. together with the writer’s name , full postal address, and contact telephone number. (an email address would also be useful).
It is helpful but not essential if the melody is also included.
Do not send cassettes, CDs, MP3s, or other recorded media because the judges have no facilities at hand on the night to listen to such.

3 The words of the song must be original.
The tune, subject to the usual copyright restrictions, may be that of another song.
Songs must have been written within the eighteen months immediately prior to the date of the compeition, and not previously placed first, second or third in any other competition.

4 A maximum of two songs may be submitted to the competition.

5 A competition entrant should either be present to perform the song or make their own arrangements for another singer to do so.
The judges’ decision will be, as far as is possible, independent of the quality of the performance.

6 If so many entries are received that they cannot all be performed on the evening of the competition, the Edinburgh Folk Club committee reserves the right to ask competitors to withdraw one of their two songs and/or to eliminate songs prior to the competition.

7 The winner of the competition holds the competition cup for a year.

8 The competition winner will receive a cash prize of £100.
The second and third placed writers will receive £50 and £30 respectively.

9 There will also be a voting paper for the audience, and the writer of the song selected by the audience will receive an engraved tassie.

10 The judges reserve the right to make no award(s).

11 Entrants or their representatives must be at the venue and make themselves known to the MC no later than 7:45pm.

12 To help cover costs, there will be an entry charge for all persons on the evening although song entrants will be admitted at a reduced rate of £5.

Entries should be sent to:

Eberhard ‘Paddy’ Bort
Institute of Governance
University of Edinburgh
Chisholm House
Edinburgh EH1 1LZ