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Essay PrizeFollowing the huge success of the inaugural Connell Guides Essay Competition, they are delighted to announce the second essay prize, open to all Sixth form pupils in the UK studying English Literature, will open for submissions on 15th September 2014.

With the award winning novelist Philip Pullman on the judging panel and a £500 prize for the winner, the Connell Guides Essay Prize is sure to draw the interest of all budding young writers.

Jolyon Connell, founder of Connell Guides, said “We are thrilled to have Philip Pullman as our judge this year. A former teacher himself, he will be well equipped to spot young talent, and after the incredibly high standard of writing from our first annual prize, we are expecting to attract a fantastic field this year.” Last year’s judge, William Boyd, said of the entries “the standard of the short-listened entries was uniformly high – thoughtful, intelligent, cogently argued. They should all be congratulated. Wit and intelligence were present in abundance…bravo to all.”

The Connell Guides Essay Prize aims to encourage students to think about and interpret literature in a way that takes their studies to the next level, potentially building on their UCAS form and making them a more desirable candidate for university places and future employment. But most importantly, it will also help to foster a lifelong love of reading and writing.  Details for submission are in the PDF. 

Essay Prize

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