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!

The THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY WRITING COMPETITION

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 students@hardysociety.org 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
mailto:students@hardysociety.org
or visit
https://www.hardysociety.org/oxo/231/the-thomas-hardy-society-writing-competition-2020/

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