Lancaster Writing Award 2017

Lancaster writing award

The Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University is pleased to announce our fifth annual writing competition.

With categories in Criticism, Fiction, Poetry, and our newly introduced category of Script and Screen Writing, these prestigious awards are open to Year 12 or 13 students in the UK. This award seeks to recognise and reward emerging critical and creative talent. 

The length stipulations are 1500 words for criticism and fiction, 25 lines for poetry and 10 pages for script. Please see and/or download our poster and flyer for further information and guidelines on submission.  

When complete, please submit your applications to along with an entry form, which can be downloaded. 

A longlist will be announced in March, with a final shortlist for the awards published in April. The winners will receive thier awards in th summer. 

Competition closing date: 28th February 2017


Prizes (Per Category) 

First prize: £100 book vouchers and publication in Cake Magazine 

Second prize: £50 book vouchers 

Third prize: £25 book vouchers 

(second and third prize winners will also be published on the website)



‌Professor Terry Eagleton, internationally celebrated scholar and literary theorist, will judge the entries in the criticism category. 

Professor Paul Farley, prize-winning poet, writer, broadcaster and Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, will judge the entries in the poetry category.

Jenn Ashworth, prize-winning novelist and short story writer, will judge the entries in the prose fiction category.

Tajinder Singh Hayer, celebrated screen-writer will judge the script and screen writer category.