Lancaster Writing Award

Lancaster writing award

The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing's annual writing competition.

The winners of the 2019 Lancaster Writing Awards will be announced in June 2019. The eighth annual Lancaster Writing Awards 2020 will be launched in the autumn. The 2020 awards categories are in Criticism, Fiction, Poetry, and 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.

How to Enter

You may enter more than one category, and write in any style you wish. You can also submit something you've worked on as part of your coursework at school or college.

Find the entry form and guidelines here in the autumn.‌

Closing Date: 28th February 2020


  • 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.

2019 Lancaster Writing Awards- Shortlist and Winners


1st - Sarah Adegbite

On Asking My Mother Who Came Before Me

2nd - Leontine Langevin


3rd - Reese Tunstall


Script and Screenwriting

1st – Hebe Fryer

I Had A Dream

2nd – Harriet Metcalfe

An Act of Kindness

3rd – Helen Gore

Titanic: The Musical


1st – Antonia Harrison

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart”: how conventions of the Faust story are altered by epistemological, cultural and literary contexts.

2nd – Amy Redman

An analytical exploration of the degradation of female identity as a result of compelling maternal instinct and the psychological consumption of individual womanhood, in relation to contemporary dystopian fiction.

3rd – Sarah Fairclough

Marlowe’s Presentation of Seduction within ‘The Passionate Shepherd to his Love’


1st – Sophie Brown

Ashes to Ashes

2nd – Jane Cook

Last 10.15 to Somewhere

3rd – Keri McIntyre

Train from Chicago, 1928