ICE writing prizes now open to all students

For the first time ever, 2 prestigious ICE writing prizes will be open to all students

The Louis de Bernières Fiction Prize 2018 and the Michael Holroyd Prize for Recreative Writing 2018 at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) are now open for submissions. The prize is open to all Undergraduate and Graduate students studying at the University of Cambridge and also those enrolled at ICE on 2017/18 and 2018/19 Certificate, Diploma or MSt Creative Writing programmes.

Submissions must be the entrants’ own original writing

The Michael Holroyd Prize for Recreative Writing 2018 is based on the acclaimed biographer Michael Holroyd’s argument that the term ‘non-fiction’ is an essentially negative expression – describing what it was not rather than what it was. Fiction, he suggested, could be described as creative writing, and non-fiction refigured as recreative writing. Eligible submissions for this prize include biography; autobiography/memoir; travel; social/cultural history; writing on science, nature and the environment. Michael is unfortunately unable to be involved this year so members of the Creative Writing teaching team will judge the entries.

Both prizes have a value of £250, to be taken in books or as a fee reduction on ICE courses

The Louis de Bernières Fiction Prize 2018 is inspired by the remarkable 1994 novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Submissions for this prize should be works of fiction that take the form of a single short story, complete in itself. Members of the Creative Writing teaching team will judge the entries; they will then draw up a shortlist of three from which Louis de Bernières has kindly agreed to select a winner.

The judges will be looking for something more than reportage or journalism

Conditions: Entries should not exceed 3,000 words and must not have been previously published or broadcast in any other medium but may be a piece (or may be based on a piece) previously submitted for examination at ICE.

Entries: Entries must be submitted by email to Lisa Hitch ( or Olivia Desborough (, typed in a clear conventional 12 point font, and one-and-a-half line spaced.

Deadline: The deadline for entries is Friday 23rd November 2018.

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