At Lucy Cavendish, we have a strong tradition of supporting and celebrating creative writers. The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is testament to this, as the catalyst for numerous bestselling debuts and emerging literary talent. In 2019, the College takes this a step further for its own students, with its first Lucy Cavendish Student Fiction Prize.

Funded by the Florence Staniforth Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, the prize is for students from any discipline studying at Lucy Cavendish. Students are invited to submit a short story to a panel of judges led by College Vice-President and Director of Studies in English, Dr Isobel Maddison. Also on the panel are published authors and creative writing teachers, Jo Browning-Wroe and Miranda Doyle. There is no word limit, and entry is free of charge. The winner of the Student Prize will be awarded £100 and two other entries will each receive £50. The winner will be announced on the same evening as the main prize, at a dinner with authors and publishing agents: Thursday 23 May 2019.

To enter, please send your short story to Dr Isobel Maddison: ijm22@cam.ac.uk. Any queries should also be sent to her.

Isobel said:

“This is an exciting new College prize open to students studying any subject. Short stories are a flexible way of communicating a central idea or developing the significance of a brief incident and much more. No experience of creative writing is needed to submit to the prize. The judging panel are hoping for plenty of entries!”

Good luck!