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Kingston University Press Student Essay Writing Competition - the competion is now open

Kingston University Press Student Essay Writing Competition

Kingston University Press announces its first Student Essay Writing Competition. The competition is open to all Kingston University Undergraduate and Postgraduate students who are enrolled formally on a course within the University.

Students may submit their own essays for consideration. Module leaders may also submit up to three (3) essays per module that they wish to be considered. Module leaders will need to gain permission from students whose essays they wish to submit.

Essays should typically be ‘persuasive’ essays and no longer than 3,000 words (exceptions possible).

Winning essays will be chosen by members and associates of Kingston University Press and published in a special KUP collection. Selected essays may be subject to agreed editorial revisions before final acceptance.  

Deadline for entry is 30 April 2016. All entries should be submitted by email to Lucy Williams.

For more information, please contact David Rogers.

The George Markstein Fiction Prize

Kingston Writing School is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new writing prize in partnership with literary agency Marjacq Scripts. The prize is named after George Markstein the late co-founder of the agency who was a esteemed novelist and scriptwriter in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s, best known as a writer of thrillers and spy novels (and perhaps best of all as co-creator of THE PRISONER with the late Patrick McGoohan).

Creative Writing - Marjacq agency logoMarjacq Scripts is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the agency by teaming up with KWS for this new competition, which looks to identify fresh, new voices among the talented students and alumni of Creative Writing at Kingston University.

The Prize is open to all past and present Kingston University Creative Writing students for works of fiction in any genre. Marjacq Scripts' agents will select three winners, who will receive trophies as part of Graduation Ceremonies in January 2015. The winners will also be considered for representation by the agency. Two runners-up will have their work professionally critiqued in a one-on-one meetings with an agent.

It's our pleasure to announce the results of the George Markstein Prize. The winners are:

  • Sam Hanson - Hallelujah, Glory, Glory
  • Lorna Hill - The Blood Road
  • Lucy Margaret Raby - Henry Henrietta

And the runners up are:

  • Emily Foster - Dancing with Fire
  • Justine Brown - The Lock

The awards ceremony will take place on the afternoon of 22nd January on the Penryhn Road campus of at Kingston University, the time and room to be confirmed.

Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition - winner announced

We are honoured that the twice Man Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, judged our first major international competition. Kingston Writing School are committed to celebrating excellence in the short story and are always looking for wonderfully written stories that push the boundaries of the short story form.

Congratulations to the winner:

  • Michelle Cahill, with her story Duende

And well done to our runners up:

  • One Day in Sarajevo by Annemarie Neary, and
  • What Lies Beneath by Rick Williams

And special mentions for those who reached the shortlist:

  • Catherine McNamara - The Wild Beasts of the Earth Will Adore Him
  • Zoe Gilbert - Water Bull Bride
  • Alexandra Chasse - Fresh, Cold and Most Importantly Whole
  • Sean Kelly - Print
  • John Langan - Fortuna Street
  • Sheila Llewellyn - The Thousand Yard Memory
  • Mandy Taggart - Seasonís End
  • K J Orr - Blackout

Hilary Mantel publicly announced the first prize and two runners up prizes at an invitation-only lunch ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on 5th December 2014.

Kingston University Press Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud Competition - winner announced

Alongside our international short story competition, we were also excited to run a local competition for Kingston residents and workers, and writers associated with the Writing School. The competition celebrated stories that work when read aloud as well as on the page. It is the first story competition to pick its final winners from live readings and we were thrilled that the distinguished award-winning writer, critic and Chancellor of Kingston University, Bonnie Greer, was the final judge.

Congratulations to the winner:

  • Michele Henningham - Muddy Love

And the runners up:

  • Peter Jordan - A Tired Person Can Sleep Anywhere, and
  • Lizzie Enfield - The Catch

And special mentions for those who reached the shortlist:

  • Mohamed Asem - Camdenople
  • Diana Beharrell - Dad and the Romans
  • Rebecca Rouilard - The GSOH Index
  • Rachel Allen - Living in the Toilets

The stories of the three finalists were read aloud at a public award ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on the evening of December 5. Bonnie Greer selected the winner following the readings and presented the prizes. Well done and thank you to all involved!

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