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The 2015 English Literature Essay Competition for A/S Level, A Level and FE Students

The 2015 essay competition is now closed. Thank you for your interest. We hope that you will enter the competition again in 2016.

The English Literature course at the University of Gloucestershire proudly presents the 2015 Essay Competition.

First prize: a new iPad
Four Runners-up receive a £20 Book token

The competition is open to all those currently studying for any AS or A2-level examinations (or equivalent) in the UK. The first prize is a new iPad, and there will be four runners-up prizes of £20 book tokens.

Entries must be no longer than 1500 words including footnotes but excluding references. All sources must be referenced.

The deadline for the 1500 word essay is 5pm (GMT) on Thursday 29 October 2015 and will be judged by English Literature lecturers. The winner will be announced on the English Literature Blog on Friday 4 December 2015.

To enter please choose one of the titles below and email your entry to
  (please note you may only submit one entry to the competition).

Entries must be written as a Microsoft Word document. Entries will normally be acknowledged within 5 days. In your email, please put your name, the Sixth Form or FE college you attend, and the title you have chosen to answer. The subject of your email should be ‘essay competition’.

The University of Gloucestershire reserves the right to publish entries but entrants will retain copyright over their work. We intend to publish the winning essay on the English Literature Course Blog at

Choose ONE of the following titles:

1.   ‘We tell ourselves stories in order to live’ (Joan Didion). Make a case for the power or value of storytelling, or narrative.

2.  Do books matter in the Internet age?

3.  ‘I’m not interested in things that aren’t true’ (Philip Larkin). Is fiction more ‘truthful’ than history?
·       1500 words maximum
·       Your essay must include the title, your name, your school, and state your contact email at the top of the page
·       The essay must be an attachment to the email as a Microsoft Word document
Any essay that does not satisfy these three conditions will not be considered by the judging panel.
The panel decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Link to the Competition rules:

English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire main blogsite:


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