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Student New Angle Prize


There has been a long and important history of literature and poetry set in East Anglia. But speaking of the present day here, just recently, Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, set in Colchester and along the Blackwater Estuary, and featuring the story of a woman and her quest for a mythical Essex serpent, was a Waterstones Book of the Year and a Sunday Times best seller.

Graham Swift’s Mann Booker shortlisted novel Waterlands, was set in the East Anglian Fens. Helen MacDonald’s prizewinning H is for Hawk, is a story of grief and nature set in beautifully realised East Anglian landscapes. And these are just a few examples of the rich heritage of literature that the region can call upon.

The prestigious New Angle Prize for literature is an Ipswich based biennial award for a book of literary merit set in or influenced by the outstandingly beautiful, varied and historic region of East Anglia.  The Student New Angle Prize (SNAP) competition runs alongside the New Angle Prize.

The SNAP competition is an annual event and offers all students of the University of Suffolk the chance to enter by  submitting 500 words of original writing as prose or poetry. Like the New Angle Prize, all entries must either be set in or clearly influenced by our East Anglian region. The SNAP competition gives us a chance to hear new voices in the region and encourages our students to add to the literary representations of the region which continue to make East Anglia such an important place for art and literature and poetry.


Competition guidelines:

  • The competition is open to all full-time or part-time students currently enrolled at the University of Suffolk.
  • The piece must have an East Anglian connection: theme, topic, influence or association.
  • The work may be in prose or poetry but can be fiction or non-fiction.
  • It should not exceed 500 words in length.
  • Entries should appear in a standard font (Arial, Times New Roman), 12 point size, with 1.5 or double line spacing. 
  • Only one entry per student is permitted.
  • Students must not submit any work that is or has been submitted for assessment on a degree at the University of Suffolk.
  • Students should submit their entries as word.doc attachments via email: Please put the title of your submission (in uppercase) in the subject box of your email.
  • Entrants should provide their personal details (full name, student ID number, and course of study) in the body of the email.
  • There will be one cash prize of £100 for the winning entrant and one cash prize of £40 for the runner up.
  • Paper copies of the winning work will be available at the showcase event for the New Angle Prize and the winner will be invited to this event as a guest.

For more information on the New Angle Prize for literature, click here

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