1 February 2016 14:00

A national competition, organised by Lancaster University, which recognises emerging writing talent in literary criticism, prose fiction and poetry is calling for entries.

The 28 February deadline is looming for the acclaimed Lancaster Writing Awards, open to sixth form A-Level students across the UK.

Now in their fourth year, the free-to-enter awards are organised by Lancaster University’s English and Creative Writing Department.

Top prize in each of the three categories is £200 and the winning young writers will see their work on the pages of prestigious literary journal Cake Magazine.

The distinguished judging panel includes various members of the Department, including one of the world's best-known literary critics Terry Eagleton, one of Britain's most eminent poets Paul Farley and leading young British novelist Jenn Ashworth.

Department Head Professor Sally Bushell said: “We are proud to host The Lancaster Writing Awards, the only competition of its kind for sixth form students in the UK.

“Our department is committed to bringing together and celebrating excellence in critical and creative writing and the Lancaster Writing Awards celebrate these abilities in students preparing for University – in whatever discipline they go on to study.

“We seek to foster and develop the work of exciting young writers by recognising and awarding ability in three related fields: literary criticism, fiction and poetry. We warmly encourage you to go ahead and submit your work – you may surprise yourself!”

The long and short listed entries for the awards will be publicised via the university’s website and social media.

The winners are set to be announced at the Faculty Taster Day on 4 July.

For more information, including word counts please visit the website and download the entry form.

Each shortlisted candidate will receive brief comments from the judging panel about their work.