The Allingham Festival Songwriting Contest is back, offering songwriters the opportunity to win €1000!

DEADLINE: Midnight September 21 2018

Songwriters are invited to submit their entries using our online entry system or by CD. We welcome music of all styles. The deadline for entries is midnight September 21st. A shortlist of entrants will then be invited to perform in our live final which will be held on Friday November 9th 2018.

The winner on the night will walk away €1000 richer.


1. All entries must be the original work of the entrant. 

2. Entries must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee of €20 for 1 entry, €35 for 2, €50 for 3, €60 for 4. 

3. CD Entries: the name of the entrant and the song must be clearly written on the CD and sent in a CD case inside a padded envelope.

4. Online Entries: the filename of the mp3 should be the name of the song and the songwriter, e.g. 'The Faeries by William Allingham.mp3'.

5. The deadline for entries is midnight September 21st.  

6. CDs will not be returned. 

7. Sound Quality: we will accept all forms of digital recording, but we strongly recommend that you take some time to get the best recording you can. MP3s should be encoded no lower than 128kbps preferably, but as long as we can hear the melody and the lyrics, we can accept it. 

8. Entries by mail must be accompanied by an application form, and a cheque or postal order. The postal address is Allingham Festival, Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

9. Lyric sheets must be provided for all entries.

  • Online Entries: lyric sheets can be uploaded via the competition page as a Word document or a PDF.
  • Entries by Mail: lyric sheets must be typed and printed with double-spaced lines and at least font size 12. 

10. The judges' decision on the night is final.

11. No discussion on the shortlisting or the judges' decision will be entered into.

12. The list of finalists will be posted on our website, Facebook page and Twitter account. Winners will be notified by email. 

13. Finalists must be available to perform in the live final in Ballyshannon on Friday Nov. 9th 2018. 


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