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. 

We are pleased to announce that the sixth annual Lancaster Writing Awards is now open for entries.


  • 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)


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. 

Competition Details

To see the kind of work we like, please read the short-form creative and critical work of our current undergraduates in the online Flash Journal or read the shortlisted entries from the previous writing awards. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can use one of the quotations below on the body*, or you may wish to choose your own theme.

The length stipulations are 1500 words for criticism and fiction, 25 lines for poetry and 8 pages for script.

Please see and/or download our LWA 2018 Flyer  for further information and guidelines on submission.

When complete, please submit your applications to along with an LWA 2018 Entry Form , which can be downloaded from the side bar. 

If you have any questions regarding the competition please email

Competition closing date: 28th February 2018


‘For your body is a temple,’ my ma had said to Morholt,
‘like the temple of the holy ghost’:
even now I see Morholt raise the visor of his pail
as he mulled this over;

the memory of an elk, or eland, struggling up a slope
must have been what darkened his dark mien.

Paul Muldoon, from “Yarrow”

Wittgenstein professed himself to be puzzled by the way other philosophers spoke constantly of the ‘external world’. External to what? was perhaps what he had in mind. Certainly not to ourselves. Because we are fleshly, incarnate creatures, we are in the world as surely as a tornado is, not peering at it contemplatively from some elusive location inside our skulls. The body is a mode of being in the world…

Terry Eagleton, from “The Body as Language”