DCU Library Creative Writing Competition

21st Anniversary 1999 - 2020

In 2020 DCU Library celebrated 21 years of its Annual Creative Writing competition. The hugely popular competition is open to writing groups throughout North County Dublin. By 2020 it had attracted over two thousand submissions since its first outing.

It is one of the highlights of the year for DCU library staff. They are delighted to take the role of judges in the competition. They read all of the wonderful submissions and get to be part of the awards ceremony. The awards night is always a special evening as we join the winning authors, the writers and tutors in the celebration of their achievements.


As part of the celebrations, we produced an online anniversary booklet where you can read a selection of winning entries and memories spanning the previous 21 years.       

Each year, the Library welcomes a guest writer to speak at the event. We’re delighted to be able to share videos, messages and reactions from guest writers, library staff and participants since 1999.


One of the best parts of my job is working on the Creative Writing Competition and attending the awards ceremony. What a special night that always is - the quality of the writing and the enthusiasm of the participants never ceases to amaze me. The fact that the competition has been running now for over 21 years is testament to all involved - the library staff, the tutors in the writing groups and all of the writers who take the time to enter - long may it last.
Orla Nic Aodha, Associate Director, Public Services & Outreach, DCU library