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Writing competition winners announced

25 Mar 2019 1:45PM

The winner of the Student New Angle Prize (SNAP) for writing has been announced.

BA (Hons) English student Lucy Tate has won the top prize for her piece ‘Balkerne Blues’ while the runner up prize was awarded to fellow BA (Hons) English student, Amy Gillingham, for ‘The Kingdom of the East Angles’.

The competition is now in its fifth year and runs in conjunction with the New Angle Prize, which started in 2009. Students were asked to write about something that has an East Anglian connection; this could be a theme, topic, influence or association.

Dr Amanda Hodgkinson, Lecturer in English, said of the competition, “The SNAP Writing Awards saw a distinct rise in the number of entries this year. As a writing competition that celebrates East Anglia, it is also a competition that aims to celebrate and raise the profile of the voices of our students here at the university. The competition is free to enter and is open to all students.  We really were delighted to have had such a rich and varied range of poems and short stories, memoirs and pieces of nonfiction entered for the prize this year. Hopefully the prize will go from strength to strength and even more students will consider entering the competition. In the meantime, it is thrilling to see that this year; the prize was won by a talented first year English undergraduate, Lucy Tate. With our new Creative Writing pathway on the English BA (Hons) beginning in September 2019, we are hoping to hear from more talented writers in the future.”

Winner Lucy Tate said, “I was very taken aback to be named the winner of the competition. I was born and raised in Colchester so that was my inspiration. ‘Balkerne Blues’ is a dramatic monologue about a girl looking at the Roman walls and likening herself to them. I am a history enthusiast and living in Colchester, the Roman walls go all throughout the town; I think it is a very interesting topic and an important part of the town.”

Runner up Amy Gillingham said, “I’m not very confident with my writing so entering, and being named runner up, has given me a confidence and an acceptance of myself and of my writing. My piece is about a Viking boy who was sailing, for the very first time, to the East Anglia coastline. I am a very keen historical fiction writer so I enjoy the research process as much as writing. With a short story, it is very important, I think, to capture a mood and emotion because it is such a fleeting piece- 500 words isn’t very long to be able to get a real story across so I like to focus more on character and emotion.”

The shortlisted pieces were:

‘Balkerne Blues’ by Lucy Tate- winner
‘The Kingdom of the East Angles’ by Amy Gillingham- runner up
Extras’ by Matthew Annis
‘The Traveller’s Requiem’ by Bradley Garnham
‘The Woolpit Discovery’ by Hannah Daly

The official prize giving will be at the School of Art, Design and Humanities End of Year Show in June.

To read the students’ work click here 

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