25 August 2021 Share
Competition closes 17th September
In partnership with Runneymede, Penguin Random House have joined forces with The Runnymede Trust to create Lit in Colour, an initiative intended to support schools to make the teaching and learning of English literature more inclusive by shining light on barriers preventing more books by Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers from being taught in the classroom.
This comes following the publication of research this June, which found that 1% of GCSE students in England study a book by an author of colour and only 7% study a book by a woman - of that 0.1% being women of colour.
Based on the strong desire among students for change in this area, Lit in Colour has launched the inaugural Creative Student Prize, intended to prompt young people to explore their relationship with books and literature. Open to all young people aged 14-18 across the UK and R.O.I, the Lit in Colour programme are seeking creative responses to the question: "What place to books have in your world?"
Students are encouraged to channel their energy in a format that suits them, with submissions open in the following categories: essay, short story, poem, video, illustration/artwork.
The winning student will receive a Macbook Air complete with a one-year Adobe Creative Suite subscription. Second and third runners up will receive Beats by Dre Headphones accompanied with a Penguin books audiobook package.
The deadline for submissions is 17th September.
For more details about the prizes and how to enter, visit: https://www.penguin.co.uk/campaigns/lit-in-colour/students/creative-student-prize.html
A Lit in Colour Teacher Resource Pack has also been created, containing helpful lesson plans, posters and printable worksheets, which is available to download for FREE here.