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

Pollyanna Jackson: Georgie

Winner of the 2023 Lewis Edwards Memorial Prize Pollyanna Jackson is an English Literature student based in Edinburgh & Oxfordshire. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2022, and selected by Mark Gatiss for his writing programme with the Dartington Trust that same year. She enjoys writing fiction and …

Rachel Rankin: Single Track Road

Winner of the 2023 Grierson Verse Prize Rachel Rankin is a poet and translator from Coatbridge, currently based in Edinburgh. She received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2019, a Dewar Arts Award in 2017, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Most recently, she …

Armaan: Hills of Basalt

Winner of the 2022 Lewis Edwards Memorial Prize Armaan Verma is a student of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He published his first book, ‘Glorious Greeks: Meet the Gods’, when he was eleven. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines like The Quint, HIMAL Southasian, and The Skinny, …

Olivia Thomakos: What You Wish For

Winner of the 2022 Grierson Verse Prize Olivia Thomakos is an English teacher and poet from Ohio, USA. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. She is published or forthcoming in Berfrois, Dreich Magazine, Loud Coffee Press, and small leaf poetry studio among other blogs and university …

Tim Craven

Tim is from Stoke-on-Trent, lives in Scotland and works for Manchester Metropolitan University. He has an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, which explored mental illness in Confessional poetry. He won the Grierson Verse Prize in 2017. His pamphlet, Lake Effect, is published by …

Jamie Perriam: Crown Label 14

Jamie Perriam is a freelance writer and law student at the University of Edinburgh. He won the Lewis Edwards Memorial Prize in 2021. He hopes that his admittedly tall tale of judicial misconduct will prove no bar to professional progression in either field. Feb 18, 2022

Alice Orr

Alice is a writer and academic from Edinburgh. She has been published in Scottish Review, Nomad, Extra Teeth, Like the Wind and Forum. Her short story, ‘The Return’, won The Sloan Prize in 2021 and is currently being adapted as a novel. Alice currently works as a Staff Writer and …

Maria Henry: Fire-Bug

Maria is an award winning poet, fiction writer and digital illustrator working out of Edinburgh. Originally from a small village in the Yorkshire Moors, plagued by Brontëesque cliches, she now resides amongst the loch-monsters of Scotland (though she is yet to see one in real life). Her work focuses on …

Charles Lang: Clairvoyant

Charles Lang is from Castlemilk in Glasgow. He studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. He won the Sloan Prize in 2019. His published work includes Aye ok (Speculative Books, 2020) and …


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