Lancaster Writing Award

Lancaster writing award

The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing's 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 awards are judged by award and prize winning academics from the department. First prize is £100 of book vouchers and publication in our student journal Cake. Second and third prize winners will receive £50 and £25 in book vouchers retrospectivity and their entries will be published here on this web site. 

Categories

  • Criticism
  • Fiction
  • Poetry 
  • Script and Screen Writing

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)

Judges

Professor Terry Eagleton, international 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 of 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. 


Shortlist and Winners Announced! 

Poerty: 
1st – Alaa Lafta, “Monday Mornings” (King Solomon Academy)
Read "Monday Mornings"

2nd – Annabelle Fuller, “james five two” (Gateways School)
Read “james five two”

3rd – Rachana Hedge, “Dull” (Hong Kong International School)
Read “Dull”

Script:
1st – Jenna Schultz, “Spero” (The Priory School, Hitchin)
Read “Spero”

2nd – Olivia Houston, “Return of the Old Aged Spies” (Arnold Hill Academy Sixth Form)
Read “Return of the Old Aged Spies”

3rd – Poppy Goad, “Hot Tea” (Portsmouth Grammar School)
Read “Hot Tea”

Criticism:
1st – Ella Nowicki , “To see, to feel”: Jane Eyre as a Ruskinian Landscape Artist (Madison East High School, WI USA)
Read “To see, to feel”: Jane Eyre as a Ruskinian Landscape Artist

2nd – Emily Murdoch, ‘Material Powers, Heaven and Hell. There is a menace in the tales we tell’. Analysing literary exegeses of the flawed Genesis creation myth.’ (Cronton Sixth Form College)
Read ‘Material Powers, Heaven and Hell. There is a menace in the tales we tell’. Analysing literary exegeses of the flawed Genesis creation myth.’

3rd – Jessica Corne, Discuss Carol Rumen’s View that Christina Rossetti’s Poetry is dominated by Christian Guilt and Repentance (The Crossley Heath School)
Read Discuss Carol Rumen’s View that Christina Rossetti’s Poetry is dominated by Christian Guilt and Repentance

Fiction:
1st – Annie Fan, “Saskia” (Rugby High School)
Read “Saskia”

2nd – Anthony Picton, “The Salt on the Briar Rose” (Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham)
Read “The Salt on the Briar Rose”

3rd –Emily Brown, “Red Sky in the Morning” (Cronton Sixth Form College)
Read “Red Sky in the Morning”

Congratulations to all winners!