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Lancaster Writing Award

The annual Lancaster Writing Award seeks to celebrate emerging literary talent in Year 12 and 13 students.

We warmly encourage students to submit their work to the following categories:

  • Criticism
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Script and Screen Writing

How to enter

Students may enter in more than one category and write in any style they wish. Students can also submit something they have worked on as part of a coursework project at school or college. Further information regarding the format and word limits for entries is detailed on the entry form.

The deadline for entries is 28 February each year.

Students are required to submit by email a copy of the completed entry form (below) with their entry submissions. These must be submitted as attachments to the email and sent to

The Judges:

Professor Terry Eagleton, internationally renowned 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, short story writer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, will judge the entries in the prose fiction category.

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

The Prizes:

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)

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