The King Prize

The King Prize 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 who in September 2017 will be in years 11, 12 and 13.

The deadline for entries is 30 June 2017.

Susin Nielsen


SUSIN NIELSEN will act as one of the judges. Canadian author of young adult fiction and winner of both the prestigious Governor General’s Award and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award. Her titles include Optimists Die First (2017), We Are All Made of Molecules (2015), The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen (2012), Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom (2011), and Word Nerd (2008).


Rachel Hore


Another judge will be RACHEL HORE, the British novelist who teaches creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She previously worked in publishing and regularly writes book reviews for national newspapers. Her titles include The House on Bellevue Gardens (2016), A Week in Paris (2014), The Silent Tide (2013), A Gathering Storm (2011), A Place of Secrets (2010), The Glass Painter’s Daughter (2009), The Memory Garden (2007), and The Dream House (2006).


Ross and Melanie will act as one judge.

Presentation of the King Prize is scheduled for school assembly in November 2017. The winner will be presented with a cheque for £100. All entries will appear in a school publication.