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The winner of the Student Prize will be awarded £100

Funded by the Florence Staniforth Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, the prize is for students from any discipline studying at Lucy Cavendish College.

Students are invited to submit a short story to a panel of judges chaired by Lucy Cavendish Director of Studies in English Dr Alexander Freer. Also on the panel are Fellow Emerita Dr Isobel Maddison, published authors and creative writing teachers Miranda Doyle and Lizzie Speller, and author and scholar Padma Viswanathan.

The winner of the Student Prize will be awarded £100 and will be announced on the same evening as the main Fiction Prize award ceremony.

The submission deadline is Friday 17th of February at noon. Entry to the Prize is free.

To enter, please email your short story to Ella Barrett at Please use font size 12 and double-spaced lines. 4000-word limit. Entries must be anonymised. If you have any questions please contact

The College has a strong tradition of supporting and celebrating creative writers with the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize being testament to this. It has been the catalyst for numerous bestselling debuts and emerging literary talent. The College has a literary prize for its own students too; the Florence Staniforth Student Fiction Prize.

Dr Isobel Maddison says, “This is an exciting 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 an entry. The judging panel is hoping for plenty of entries!”

Read more about the prize and our judges here.

Would you like the opportunity to build on your entry for the Florence Staniforth Student Fiction Prize?

Applications are now open for our Lent Term Creative Writing Course 2022.