Introducing the Anglian Learning Writing Prize supported by Morgan Sindall


“I am delighted to introduce the inaugural Anglian Learning Writing Prize, supported by Morgan Sindall and offering a wonderful opportunity for students in our secondary schools and sixth forms to enter work for what we hope will become an annual event. We believe the arts play an important role in any broad and balanced education and so are delighted to be able to offer this exciting creative project to our schools. We hope many students will be encouraged to take part and we look forward to receiving entries from across Years 7 to 13.”

Jonathan Culpin, Chief Executive Officer, Anglian Learning



The Writing Prize welcomes entries within all areas of creative writing:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction (ie. writing on travel, food, sports, science, memoir, biography, to name just a few)
  • Poetry
  • Comic strips/Cartoons.

And to submit an entry for the cover design, there is a distinct category:

  • Anthology Cover Design

To enter work for any of these categories, please read and follow the guidance listed below.



  1. All written work entered must not exceed 500 words.
  2. Extracts from longer works will be accepted, as long as the extract can stand alone, in which case you may include a short contextualising paragraph at the beginning of the work.
  3. All written work must be submitted as a Word document, sent as an email attachment. Please include page numbers on your work if applicable.
  4. Please do not include your name on the entry itself, in order that work can be judged anonymously.
  5. Hand drawn cartoons and comic strips should be scanned or photographed and submitted as an email attachment in .jpg, .png or .pdf format. However, you must also keep your original work as this will be required if your work is chosen for publication.
  6. Designs for the Anthology Cover Design category should be completed on A4 paper. Hand drawn work for this category should be scanned or photographed and sent as an email attachment in .jpg, .png or .pdf format. Original work must be kept as it will be required if the work is chosen for publication.
  7. Any work completed digitally for the Comic strip/Cartoon or Cover Design categories should be submitted in .jpeg or .png format as an email attachment.
  8. You may submit up to three different entries. These can be within one category, or across multiple categories, but each one must be submitted separately.
  9. All students whose work is shortlisted will be given a Publication Consent form which will have to be completed before their work can be published.
  10. All work may be subject to light editing.
  11. All entries must be submitted from school email accounts and sent to: writingprize@anglianlearning.org.
  12. In the body of your email you must include the following information:

a. Your Full Name
b. Year Group
c. School Name
d. The category for which you wish your work to be entered: Fiction, Non- Fiction, Poetry, Comic/Cartoon Strip, or Anthology Cover Design.
e. The following declaration: “I confirm that this entry is all my own work, signed _ .” (Give your full name.)

13. Entries must be received by midday on 12 April 2021. Prize winners will be contacted and announced by 11 June 2021.



WRITING: Longlisted writing categories will be judged by award-winning graduates from the Creative Writing MA programme at the University of East Anglia.

Freya Dean graduated with distinction from the Creative Writing MA program @UEAofficial in 2018 and, the same year, won the Lorna Sage Award and was an Elizabeth Kostova Foundation finalist. Recent work can be found in The Real Story, Visual Verse and UEA’s Anthology Series. Freya also co-edits @HinterlandNF magazine

Peter Goulding won the New Welsh Writing Awards Rheidol Prize in 2019, and his novel ‘Slatehead’ was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker prize in 2020. Some of the best and most creative things he has ever read are graphic novels by Derf Backderf and Simon Stallenhag, and his favourite manga is One Punch Man. @flatlandclimber

Ben Kinsella received a BA in Film studies from UEA in 2014, returning to study for a Masters in Creative Writing. He spent time backpacking around New Zealand, Kenya and Nepal, before spending a year teaching English in the Spanish city of Zaragoza. Ben is currently completing a memoir about his experience of being diagnosed with cancer as a teenager.

Yin F Lim is a writer and editor. A former journalist, she now writes mainly about family, food and migration. Yin holds a Biography and Creative Non-Fiction MA from @UEAofficial and her creative work has been published in Hinterland, Porridge, and the American Writers Review’s Art in the Time of Covid-19 special issue. @YinFLim

ART WORK: Longlisted entries in this category will be judged by the Community Officer at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.