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Kellogg College Creative Writing Competition 2022 launched

March 24, 2022

Following the success of our inaugural event in 2021, we are once again launching the Kellogg College Creative Writing Competition!

The competition offers all students, Fellows, Research Members of Common Room, Common Room Members and staff of Kellogg College, the opportunity to showcase their creative writing skills.

Entrants are invited to submit an original piece of creative writing for the competition with the theme ‘Borders’, which can be interpreted however they like.

Short-listed authors will be invited to read out their entries during an in-person/online event, on Wednesday 25 May, 5.45pm (BST).

During this event, the winner and runner-up will also be announced, with guest judge author and journalist Lucy Atkins, participating with the panel to decide the winners.


First place: Kellogg College is delighted to award a £50 book voucher to the first place prize winner.

Second place: Oxford University Press is delighted to offer as a prize, the choice of one title from either the Oxford World’s Classics or Oxford World’s Classics Hardbacks collection, to the value of £25.00 or less

All those shortlisted, including the winner and runner-up, will receive two free spaces at a Guest night Dinner of their choice, to be booked in the remainder of the 2021-22 academic year or during the 2022-23 academic year.

Entries should be sent to by 5pm (BST), on Thursday 5 May 2022.

Shortlisting will take place by 6 May. Those shortlisted will the be invited to read their work at an event on 25 May, where the winner and runner-up will be announced.


  • Your submission can be in any form or genre, including poetry, fiction, flash fiction, drama and non-fiction
  • Submissions must be written in response to the set topic and must be entire pieces in themselves and not a section of a longer piece
  • Poems must be 40 lines or fewer, prose must be 500 words or fewer, and dramatic pieces should last for no more than 2 minutes
  • Entries will be received by the judges anonymously
  • Judges from within the Kellogg community will read each entry, and will draw up a short-list. The prize winners will be announced at the event on Wednesday 25 May.

If you have any questions, please email

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