Writing Competition

The College of Arts and Law runs two writing competitions every year, one for undergraduate students and one for postgraduate students on taught courses.

This gives our talented students an additional opportunity to engage with challenging but accessible subjects to produce original and entertaining pieces of work. Prizes are awarded to the winning entries.

The College of Arts and Law will announce the topics for the 2016 Writing Competition in the new year.

Competition terms

Competition terms will be advertised in the new year.

2014/2015 competition

Prizes were awarded as part of an Arts & Science Festival Panel Debate on Monday 16 March 2015, which debated the taught postgraduate question.

The questions were as follows:

  • For undergraduate students: ‘What role should government play in education?’
  • For taught postgraduate students: ‘Can fiction generate social change?’

Undergraduate winners

The winner, who won an iPad, was Thurstan Russell, who is studying for a BA in English Language.

The runner up, who won £50 of book tokens, was Amy McMillan, who is studying for a BA in English.

Postgraduate winners

The winner, who won an iPad, was Koumarah Appadoo, who is studying for the LLM (General).

The runner up, who won £50 of book tokens, was Jill Gurney, who is studying for an MA in the Philosophy of Health and Happiness.

2013/2014 competition

Prizes were awarded as part of an Arts & Science Festival Panel Debate on Wednesday 19 March 2014, which debated the undergraduate question.

Undergraduate winners

The winner, who won an iPad, was Joanne Walton, who is studying for a BA in English with Creative Writing.
UG Writing Competition winner 2013-14 (PDF - 76KB)

The runner up, who won £50 of book tokens, was Ellicia Pendle, who is studying for a BA in English Literature and History.
UG Writing Competition runner-up 2013-14 (PDF - 92KB)

Postgraduate winners

The winner, who won an iPad, was Philip Johnson, who is studying for an MA in TEFL by distance and who lives in Korea.
PGT Writing Competition winner 2013-14 (PDF - 124KB)

The runner up, who won £50 of book tokens, was Austin Gardiner, who is studying for an MA in Applied Linguistics by distance and who lives in Japan.
PGT Writing Competition runner-up 2013-14 (PDF - 124KB)

2012/2013 competition

In 2012-13, the College of Arts and Law ran two Essay Writing Competitions.