The Milkmaid Songwriting Competition


What is it?

About the competition

Now in its fifth year, the competition will run on Tuesdays in February / March 2018 with the final on Saturday 17th March. Open to all acts from solo to full bands. Perform a warm up and an original song as your entry.

How do I enter?

How to enter

If you have any questions or would like to book a place in this years event please visit the Contact page.


6th October 2017
The 5th Milkmaid Songwriting Competition

I am delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Milkmaid Songwriting Competition, heats will be on Tuesdays 13th, 20th, 27th Feb and 6th, 13th March with the final on Saturday 17th March 2018.

If you would like to enter please use the contact page to book your place.

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 30th January 2018




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Closing date for entries Tuesday 30th January 2018

Open to anyone from solo artists to bands

Competition will be split into 4 or 5 heats with up to 6 acts per heat depending on number of entrants

Heat winners, announced on the night, go through to final along with the 2 highest scoring runners up announced at last heat

Each act get 2 songs, a warm up (can be a cover) and the competition entry song

Main song must be an original composition

£5 Entry fee for acts

Standard club entry fee for audience

Milkmaid organisers and staff ineligible


Heats will be held on Tuesdays 13th, 20th, 27th Feb and 6th, 13th March at the Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds

Final to be held at the Constitutional Club on Saturday 17th March

PA and Engineer will be provided


There will be 4 judges

The songs will be judged based on criteria (lyrical content, tune, pertinence to folk, performance and je ne sais quoi!)

Criteria will be set out for judges and a joint decision made after the final act.

A copy of lyrics for the competition entry, if any, to be provided to judges

The Judges decision is final