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The University of Edinburgh's three creative writing prizes, open for 2024 submissions
Category: <span>2024 Entries</span>

Grace Murray — The Right Ventilation

JOINT RUNNER-UP OF THE 2024 LEWIS EDWARDS MEMORIAL PRIZE Grace Murray is a third year Literature student at the University of Edinburgh. Grace was awarded Penguin’s ‘WriteNow’ prize in 2023, and ‘An Acre of Stories’ writing award in 2022. Grace regularly writes for rrramble, an online reviewing site, and Edinburgh’s …

Pollyanna Jackson — Wide as the Wall is Wide

Winner of the 2024 Lewis Edwards Memorial Prize

Pollyanna Jackson is an English Literature student based between Edinburgh and Oxfordshire, though soon to be making to move to Cumbria to start work as an Editor. She was shortlisted for the 2022 Bridport Prize, selected for Mark Gatiss’ writing programme with the Dartington Trust, and won the Lewis Edwards Memorial Prize in 2023 (and 2024). She enjoys writing fiction and short essays, and is always working on a novel.

Oops, I did it again! I’m completely bowled away and honoured to have won the Lewis Edwards Prize, this piece means a lot to me and it’s so rewarding to have it recognised.’

You can catch her on Substack

Her Instagram is @pollyanna.jackson

Maya Engwell — Light House

JOINT RUNNER UP OF THE 2024 LEWIS EDWARDS MEMORIAL PRIZE   Maya Engwell: ‘I’m so pleased to have been chosen as runner up for the prize this year.  It’s a lovely leaving present and has given me a boost of confidence in my writing. Thanks Michael!’ I’ve also attached a …

Emily Wheeler — An Ode to Drinking Champagne in the Parking Lot of a Local Church


Emily Wheeler is a poet and English teacher from Virginia, USA, and earned her Bachelor of Science in English from Radford University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in many magazines, including Blue River Review, Exit 109, Wingless Dreamer, and From Arthur’s Seat. Emily has always had a love for reading stories and writing poems, and she writes to capture the small, intimate moments in living. She is currently completing an MSc in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh.

‘I am incredibly honored and grateful to have won the Grierson Verse Prize 2024. This poem allowed me to portray the tender, intimate moments of friendship as we grow older and explore the return to a place of nostalgia, like a parking lot, and the ruminations that accompany them.’

Social Media and Website:
Linkedin: @emilywheeler (here’s the link if it doesn’t work: )
Instagram: @__.emilyanne.__

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Suzy Enoch — Hame


Suzy Enoch: ‘I am a Scottish writer, director, and actress who began my writing life in theatre. I love to work across disciplines and have worked considerably in narrative circus, co-founding contemporary circus company, Circus Alba. However, lockdown motivated me to delve into the world of prose writing and in 2023 I completed the Creative Writing Masters at the University of Edinburgh. I live in Edinburgh with my husband and three children.’

‘I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award and grateful for the recognition of work that is so personal to me. Writing ‘Hame’ was a real journey of discovery, finding ways to weave the threads of Scots vernacular and history into a narrative that speaks universally. Thank you to Michael Pedersen for seeing value in my little story.

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