The King Prize

The King Prize has been running since 2012 and is a creative writing prize of £100 awarded for a short story between 750 and 1,000 words. Offered by Melanie and Ross King, it is open to to students from The Marlborough School in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, who in September 2019 will be in years 11, 12 and 13.

The closing date for entries is 4pm, Thursday 16 May 2019.

The King Prize for Creative Writing 2018

King Prize for Creative Writing – 2017 Winners Announced

LORNA FERGUSSON has published two novels, The Chase and An Oxford Vengeance, and her short story, ‘Salt’, won the Historical Novel Society’s 2014 short story award. She has taught creative writing at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education, lectured at the University of Winchester’s Writers’ Festival, and set up a literary consultancy called Fictionfire which she runs today.

THOMAS MOGFORD has published a series of mystery novels set in Gibraltar and featuring the lawyer Spike Sanguinetti. Shadow of the Rock was a Spectator ‘Book of the Year’, Sign of the Cross and Hollow Mountain were shortlisted for Crimefest’s ‘eDunnit’ award, and Sleeping Dogs was selected as one of the Guardian’s ‘Best Holiday Reads’. His final book in the Sanguinetti series, A Thousand Cuts, was published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

Ross and Melanie will act as one judge.

Presentation of the King Prize is scheduled for school assembly in October 2019. The winner will be presented with a cheque for £100. All entries will appear in a school publication.


Past Judges:

Giselle Green, British novelist
Janet Phillips, editor at Bodleian Publishing

Susin Nielsen, Canadian author of young adult fiction
Rachel Hore, British novelist

Prajwal Parajuly, Nepali/Indian novelist
Julie Summers, British non-fiction author