Prize Guidelines

General Overview of the Prize 

​The UCL Publishers’ Prize for Student Writing has been set up by ten future publishers from the university’s Publishing MA course. We all have a passion for literature and a strong interest in literary prizes, and we wanted to see what it would be like to launch one of our own. We welcome submissions via from any student currently enrolled at UCL. We are all really excited about the prospect of discovering talent and new creative voices among our student body, so please don’t be shy and do submit your work!

Submission Dates

The Prize will be officially launched on Monday 3rd February, with submissions opening on the same day. The deadline for submitting is 11:59 pm on Friday 28th March. Please follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page to read more about the Prize and hear about what we’re doing.

Submission Guidelines

  • You must be a current (2013-2014) student at UCL to enter your work. We welcome submissions from undergraduates, post-graduates and part-time students. Please send any submissions from your UCL email account so that we can verify your student status.
  • There is no minimum length for submissions, as we believe that the “short” in short stories is a subjective term; however, work submitted should not exceed 5,000 words.
  • This is a competition for original prose fiction. Please do not send poetry or anything which includes copyrighted material or material which you have not written yourself.
  • Submissions should be in English.
  • Please submit your work to as a Word document, font size 12 with 1.5 spacing, page numbers and a running header with your name.
  • Your submission should not have been previously published anywhere, and should not be up for consideration elsewhere - for a full definition of 'previously published', see our Terms and Conditions.
  • Students submitting work must grant us the exclusive right to first publication, with all other rights remaining with the author.
  • You may submit up to three entries, but you cannot retract entries once submitted.
  • By submitting your work, you agree to the UCL Publishers' Prize Terms and Conditions.

The Judging Process

The UCL Publishers Prize team will read and discuss submissions, and will select the shortlist and winners. We will also have guest judges from the book industry to advise on the judging process. Keep an eye on our social media channels as this is where we will announce the names of our guest judges.

The Winners

The author of the short story that comes first, second, and third will each be awarded a cash prize of £300 for first, £200 for second, and £100 for third. A shortlist of the top stories will be published in a printed anthology. We are aiming to announce the winners in mid May, and will be having a drinks reception to celebrate the Prize’s inaugural year and meet some of the people who have submitted. We will distribute copies of the printed anthology at this event and will invite several of the Publishing MA course’s contacts in the industry along to meet the writers. We are keen on getting as much publicity and exposure as possible for the Prize, as we want your work to get noticed!

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the editorial team by emailing Happy writing!