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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 students to create either an original piece of writing or poster design around a set theme. They amaze us with their imaginations and we celebrate their entries and announce the winners with a virtual awards night in November. Past entries to our competitions have also been compiled into a Magazine publication ‘Create’. To request a copy of ‘Create’ please email marketing@richuish.ac.uk.

The theme of this year’s OWAIA is ‘Generation‘.

The deadline for entries is Friday 15th October 2021.

The awards are made up of four competitions in total; The Brunner Cup (for Years 9-11), The Ross Paterson Award (for Huish students) and the two Lucas Cups (for both Huish/Year 9-11 students). Below you can find further details about each competition, how to get involved and some of the fantastic past entries.

Good luck to all our participants!

 

The Brunner Cup is open to Year 9-11 pupils.

2021 marks 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 invite you to write an imaginative piece based on the title ‘Generation’.

The format may be any genre but we encourage you to consider: short story, dramatic monologue, sci-fi writing, a piece of journalism, a play script, a long poem or even an engaging blog. The most successful entries in the past have been original in their interpretation of the theme, well-structured and observant.

  • The word limit is approximately 1,500 words
  • The deadline for all entries is Friday 15th October 2021 (schools may set their own internal deadlines).
  • Entries must be word-processed and please ensure your full name, year group and school are included on your entry. Please submit entries to your school English Department. If your school would like more information about the awards please direct them to our information for schools section on this web page.
  • The judges are looking for lively, imaginative, personal interpretations. Please read our 2021 Guidance for Entrants.

Good luck! The winners will be announced in November at our virtual ceremony.

Entrants of 2020 Brunner Cup with certificates alongside Huish Assistant Principal

The Taunton Academy shortlisted entrants of 2020 Brunner Cup, including winner Lara, with Huish Assistant Prinicpal, Joe Bennett.

 

 

 

There are two Lucas Cup competitions; one is open to Huish students, the other is for pupils in Year 9-11.

Introduced 12 years ago, the Lucas Cup for Artistic Writing challenges entrants to design a poster around a set theme. This year the theme is ‘Generation‘.

  • Illustrations can be hand-drawn or digital
  • The poster produced must be on A3 sized paper.
  • The poster should highlight a Generation-related statement, figure or fact.
  • The deadline for all entries is Friday 15th October 2021 (schools may set their own internal deadlines).
  • Year 9 – 11 students should submit entries to their school Art Department. You must include your name, year group and school on the back of your entry. If your school would like more information about the awards please direct them to our information for schools section on this web page.
  • Huish students should submit their entries direct to Huish Reception marked for Mel Winsbrow. Please clearly include your name and Richard Huish College on your entry so it can be easily identified.

Good luck! The winners will be announced in November at our virtual ceremony.

Below (in no particular order) are the top shortlisted entries for both 2020 Lucas Cup competitions. The theme was “lockdown”.

 

 

Ross PatersonThe Ross Paterson Award competition is open to Huish students only. The winner will receive a £100 prize from charity Get Home Safe. 

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.

We invite you to write an imaginative piece based on the title ‘Generation‘.

The format may be any genre but we encourage you to consider: short story, dramatic monologue, sci-fi writing, a piece of journalism, a play script, a long poem or even an engaging blog. The most successful entries in the past have been original in their interpretation of the theme, well-structured and observant.

  • The word limit is approximately 1,500 words
  • Entries must be word-processed and please ensure your full name is included on your entry.
  • The judges are looking for lively, imaginative, personal interpretations. Please read our 2021 Guidance for Entrants.
  • The deadline for all entries is Friday 15th October 2021.
  • Please email your entry to creativewriting@richuish.ac.uk. Please clearly include your name and Richard Huish College on your entry so it can be easily identified.
  • If you have any queries please email marketing@richuish.ac.uk.

Good luck! The winners will be announced in November at our virtual ceremony.

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Get Home Safe team

Get Home Safe team

The Lucas Cup (poster design) and The Brunner Cup (creative writing) competitions are open to students in Years 9 to 11. 

Invitations to take part are circulated to schools in the Summer Term but we are always happy to welcome anyone interested in joining the competition. The final deadline for entries is Friday 15th October 2021 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. 

How to submit entries to the Brunner Cup

Due to the high number of schools who enter the Brunner Cup we request schools co-ordinate their entries and submit their shortlisted top five entries by Friday 15th October 2021. Please email your five entries to creativewriting@richuish.ac.uk including the students’ names, year groups and school. Entries should be word processed and no longer than approximately 1,500 words. You may wish to read our 2021 Guidance for Entrants.

How to submit entries to the Lucas Cup

There is no limit to number of entries your school can make to the Lucas Cup. 

All entries should be sized A3 and posted/delivered to Mel Winsbrow at Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton, TA1 3DZ by Friday 15th October 2021. Please ensure all entries include the student’s name, year group and school. 

 

If you have further questions please contact marketing@richuish.ac.uk

 

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 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 enrichment 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. We endeavour to publish as much of our own students’ writing as possible in College enterprises such as our CREATE magazine, which publishes the leading entries from the Brunner, Patterson and Lucas competitions.

 

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

Whilst selecting Lockdown as a theme in 2020 felt obvious, the avenues our creative writers and imaginative artists explored were far reaching and varied. Our judges were impressed by how students interpreted the brief to create such inspiring and emotive works. Below you can view their entries and watch our ceremony where the winners were revealed.

Below (in no particular order) are the top shortlisted entries for our Brunner Cup 2020 competition.

Below (in no particular order) are the top shortlisted entries for our Ross Paterson Award 2020 competition.

Below (in no particular order) are the top shortlisted entries for our 2020 Lucas Cup competition for Year 9-11.

 

Watch the 2020 Original Writing and Illustration Awards Ceremony