Original Writing and Illustration Awards
Welcome to our Annual Original Writing and Illustration Awards (OWAIA)!
These awards celebrate the creativity of both Huish students and Year 9-11 pupils from the local area. Each year, we invite young people to create either an original piece of writing or poster design around a set theme through our competitions. They amaze us with their imaginations and we celebrate their entries, and announce the winners, with a virtual awards night.
Below you can find further details about each competition, information of how to get involved in 2022 and watch our 2021 ceremony.
- OWAIA Ceremony 2021
- The Brunner Cup
- The Ross Paterson Award
- The Lucas Cup
- A message from Huish English Department to enthusiastic writers
- Information for Schools for 2022
The theme of the 2021 OWAIA was ‘Generation‘. Watch the virtual ceremony below.
The Brunner Cup is a creative writing competition for pupils in Year 9-11 from local schools.
2021 marked the 26th anniversary of the Brunner Creative Writing Prize. It was set up with money left by writer John Brunner, a good friend of Huish’s most illustrious former pupil, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke.
We invited pupils to write an imaginative piece based on the theme ‘Generation’. The format could be any genre with suggested formats including short story, dramatic monologue, sci-fi writing, a piece of journalism, a play script, a long poem or even an engaging blog. The word limit was approximately 1,500 words.
Below (in no particular order) are the entries shortlisted for the final round of the Brunner Cup 2021.
- Alex – The Taunton Academy
- Alexis – The Taunton Academy
- Amelia – Heathfield Community School
- Cody – Tiverton High School
- Disha – The Taunton Academy
- Emily – Court Fields School
- George – The Taunton Academy
- Henry- Heathfield Community School
- Jack – Heathfield Community School (Winner)
- Madi – Court Fields School (2nd Place)
- Rachel – Heathfield Community School
- Sam – The Taunton Academy (3rd Place)
- Samia – Heathfield Community School
The Ross Paterson Creative Writing Award for Huish students was set up in 2016 by Helen Evans in memory of her nephew, Ross Paterson, a former Huish student with a flair for creative writing. She and her friend Charlotte Pitman have established the charity ‘Get Home Safe’ after Ross’ life was ended while walking home from a night out.
In 2021 we invited pupils to write an imaginative piece based on the theme ‘Generation’. The format could be any genre with suggested formats including short story, dramatic monologue, sci-fi writing, a piece of journalism, a play script, a long poem or even an engaging blog. The word limit was approximately 1,500 words.
Below (in no particular order) are the entries shortlisted for the final round of the Ross Paterson Award 2021.
- Johannah (2nd Place)
- Lauren (3rd Place)
- Naomi (Winner)
Get Home Safe team
Introduced in 2009, the Lucas Cup for Artistic Writing challenges entrants to design a poster around a set theme each year.
The theme in 2021 was ‘Generation‘. Illustrations could be hand-drawn or digital, and should be A3 in size and reflect a generation-related statement, figure or face.
The show reel below shows the entries shortlisted for the final round of the Lucas Cup 2021.
At Huish you can study English Literature A Level – looking at literary styles and ideas across novels, poetry, plays and short stories; you can also study English Language and Linguistics A Level, looking at the development of words across time and over our own life times, including spoken language and non-literary texts – online language, legal language and speeches to name but a few varieties…
While there is no creative writing as such, you will study and practise journalistic writing (blogs, podcasts, editorials) on the English Language course and you will study the fictional writing of others in English Literature.
We often offer a lunchtime EnRICH group to enable students to develop their own creative writing and many have gone on to study writing, publishing or to write for leisure, often entering competitions along the way.
Many Huish students have gone on to write for leading publications (The Times, The Sun, many magazines) and present on major broadcasters (BBC, ITV) and we always suggest that anyone interested writing gets as much practical experience as possible.
Marcus Barrett, Course Manager of English Language
The Lucas Cup (poster design) and The Brunner Cup (creative writing) competitions for 2022 will be open to students in Years 9 to 11.
Invitations to take part are circulated to local schools in the Summer Term but we are always happy to welcome anyone interested in joining the competition. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
The final deadline for entries will be a date in October with winners announced in a virtual ceremony in November. Following the virtual ceremony, the shortlisted entrants from your school will all receive certificates. These, alongside the winner’s trophy, can be presented by a Huish representative at your school to your students in a formal presentation. Please note, it is not possible for winners to keep the trophy, their name will be engraved upon the trophy and this will be displayed at Huish.