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Original Writing and Illustration Awards

Welcome to our Annual Original Writing and Illustration Awards!

These awards celebrate the creativity of both Huish students and Year 9-11 pupils from the local area. Each year, students are invited to explore a set theme to create either an original piece of writing or poster design. The theme for Autumn 2021 will be released shortly, if your school would like an invitation to take part please email marketing@richuish.ac.uk.

The awards are made up of four competitions in total; The Brunner Cup (Years 9-11), The Ross Paterson Award (Huish) and the two Lucas Cups (Huish and Year 9-11). Further information about each competition is available below and you can watch our 2020 ceremony and take a look at our marvellous past entries.

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.

The competition, open to Year 9-11 students, invites pupils to write an imaginative piece based on a set title. The format can be a short story, dramatic monologue, play script or poem within a word limit of  approximately 1,500 words. Schools will shortlist their top 5 entries to be entered into The Brunner Cup.

Brunner Cup Entrants 2019

 

 

Ross Paterson

Ross Paterson

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.

This competition is open to Huish students only, they are invited to write an imaginative piece based on a set title. The format could be a short story, dramatic monologue, play script or poem within a word limit of approximately 1,500 words.

Follow @GetHomeSafeUK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Get Home Safe team

Get Home Safe team

Introduced 12 years ago, the Lucas Cup for Artistic Writing features writing with accompanying illustration on a set theme. The competition is made up of two categories, one competition for Huish students and one open to Year 9-11 pupils.

All entrants are invited to design a poster using a set title.

  • Illustrations can be hand-drawn or digital
  • The poster produced must be on A3 sized paper.
  • The title should highlight a statement, figure or fact related to the set theme.

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

 

 

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