Lancaster Writing Award

Lancaster Writing Award 2016 – The Winners

In association with Cake Magazine and The Flash Journal Lancaster (both published in collaboration with the Department of English and Creative Writing and the Lancaster Writing Programme) we are excited to recognise emerging writing talent in literary criticism, prose fiction and poetry. Prizes will be awarded in each of these three categories.

  • First Prize - £200 and publication in Cake Magazine
  • Second Prize - £100
  • Third Prize - £50
  • Highly Commended - £25

All prize winners and commended entrants will also receive a free one-year young writer membership to the NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education).  Details can be found here



  • First Prize - Ethan Turner Freeman, Winstanley College, The presentation of religion in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Second Prize - James Wallace, City of London School Queen Victoria StreetThe Nightingale and its Song in Poetry
  • Third Prize - Sohum Patel, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' SchoolThe history of all hitherto existing society in the history class struggles' - An exploration of the influence of Marxist in The Great Gatsby
  • Highly Commended - Yasmin Azrarya, Queen Elizabeth School, ‘Characters in The Canterbury Tales are confined to traditional gender roles.’ To what extent is this true of the Wife of Bath
  • Highly Commended - Oliver Croker, Bedford Modern School, How does a Marxist reading of the opening chapter of Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists facilitate our understanding of the writer’s concerns about workers’ complicity in their own ill treatment?



  • First Prize - Sophie Carroll, Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Synonyms (III)
  • Second Prize - Gazelle Mba, Clifton College, Poem in which I am an American in Paris
  • Third Prize - Cara Thompson, Bilborough CollegeCleopatra
  • Highly Commended - Chloe Robinson, Wyke College Hull, Humber Street
  • Highly Commended - Gregory Walker, The Ravensbourne School, The Wolf


Prose Fiction

  • First Prize - Hannah Graham, The Rochester Grammar, The Low Flyer
  • Second Prize - Laura Jeacocke, Bedford Modern SchoolThe Whale Road
  • Third Prize - Freya Greystone, Bristol Grammar School, The Creature
  • Highly Commended - Ruth Savory, Beford Modern School, An Open Door
  • Highly Commended - Daniel Wu, Sevenoaks School, On the corner of Soi 11



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.

Each shortlisted candidate will receive brief comments from the judging panel about their work.

Last year's Lancaster Writing Award winner, Esme Partridge, went on to achieve success in the 2015 Keats-Shelley Poetry prize. Her poem, 'For My Future Lover' was a runner up in the Young Romantics prize for poetry and short stories inspired by the Romantics.