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. 


  • 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. 

Longlist Announced!


Arinola Adegbite - December
Bryony Adshead - An Angel is Given a Star 
Sebastien Brown - What If
Annabelle Fuller - james five two
Rachana Hedge - Dull
Alaa Lafta Monday - Mornings
Lauren Murray -  Double Vision
Bria Purdy - Sunday Mourning
Jake Street - Ode to a Bird in a Covered Cage
Amy Worgan - Polaroid


Nicole Blythe - Burning Rose Cottages
Jack Brame - The Boy from Next Door
Emma Butler - The Fallen Kingdon
Tamsyn Christie - The Same Bones
Abe Dein - Sleep Tight
Poppy Goad - Hot Tea
Olivia Houston - Return of the Old Aged Spies
Jenna Schultz - Spero


Samuel Cardy- Ian Curtis: The Post Punk Poet
James Copley - Seamus Heaney and the Irish Identity
Jessica Corne  - Discuss Carol Rumen’s View that Christina Rossetti’s Poetry is dominated by Christian Guilt and Repentance
April Howard - Twelfth Night disrupts ideas of Class, Status and Gender
Kavisha Kamal - A Critical Study of Language in Theatre of the Absurd
Michael Kay - ‘Life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is over’. Discuss The Significance Of Adapting To Change In A Streetcar Named Desire And Cat On A Hot Tin Roof 
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.’
Ella Nowicki - “To see, to feel”: Jane Eyre as a Ruskinian Landscape Artist
Valerie So - “Virtuous or lustful? Meek or strong-willed?” An exploration of the portrayals of women in two Jacobean plays
Marc Tuazon - Critical Appreciation of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time


Emily Brown - Red Sky in the Morning
Jessica Campion - A Beautiful Kind of Ugly
Rebekah Carder - An Unexpected Everything
Annie Fan - Saskia
Maya O'Neill - The Cottage with The Pretty Blue Bricks
Anthony Picton - The Salt on the Briar Rose
Rachel Quick - Saved by Icy Waters
Lewis Smyth - War is Over
Olivia Waiting - Baby blues
Amy Worgan - The Passing

The shortlist will be announced in the next few weeks.