Writing Competition

Two writing competitions are run by the College of Arts and Law, 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.

This year, students were invited to submit entries, in response to one of the questions below, in the form of a newspaper editorial or opinion piece rather than an academic essay.

Footnotes and bibliographies are not expected.

  • For undergraduate students: ‘In our digital age, what value do books have for Arts & Law students?’
  • For taught postgraduate students: ‘Technology and the spread of English across the globe have made its rules of grammar redundant. The point is to communicate. Do you agree?’

This year's winners

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)

Last year’s competition

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