Thomas Hardy Society Writing Competition now open

Posted by rsl11 at Nov 04, 2019 04:12 PM |
Calling all English Literature students! The THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY WRITING COMPETITION is now open.

Calling all English Literature students!


is now open to Y9, Y10, Y11 and A-level students.

Write an essay on any aspect of the work and legacy of Thomas Hardy, or a piece of creative writing in your own voice inspired by Hardy.

You could consider:

  • is Thomas Hardy’s writing relevant to today’s world? For example, what does Hardy’s concern for the natural world mean in the context of today’s protests about threats to the environment?
  • how might one of Hardy’s characters experience life in the 21st century? Imagine yourself into the character of Bathsheba, Tess, Jude, or any one of Hardy’s many invented people.
  • if you are a writer yourself, does Hardy stimulate your writing? How?

Students are invited to submit an essay of 1500-2000 words on any novel, short story, or poem, (which could be based on coursework on Hardy that you are already undertaking or could be an extra-curricular project) or a poem of 12-40 lines
or a piece of creative writing of 400-1000 words by 28 February 2020 to for a chance to win £50 in Amazon vouchers for yourself and £50 for your school library.

Please include on a separate sheet or in the covering email:

  • Your name, age, and school year (entries will be grouped by year for judging purposes)
  • The name and address of your school
  • The title of your essay or piece of writing and if it is an essay, poem, or creative writing piece
  • A statement confirming that it is your own original work.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Andrew Hewitt at
or visit

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