Connell guides young literary lights

Essay writing competition for sixth formers, launched by Connell Guides, pulls top name for judging panel

Following the success of the inaugural Connell Guides Essay Competition last year, the company will be running a second essay prize for 2014-15. The competition is open to all sixth form pupils in the UK and submissions will be accepted from 15th September 2014. Award-winning novelist Philip Pullman is on the judging panel and there will be a £500 prize for the winner.

Jolyon Connell, founder of Connell Guides, said: “We are thrilled to have Philip Pullman as our judge this year. A former teacher himself, he will be well equipped to spot young talent, and after the incredibly high standard of writing from our first annual prize, we are expecting to attract a fantastic field this year.”

Last year’s judge, William Boyd, said of the entries: “The standard was uniformly high – thoughtful, intelligent, cogently argued. They should all be congratulated. Wit and intelligence were present in abundance… bravo to all.”

The Connell Guides Essay Prize aims to encourage students to think about and interpret literature beyond the syllabus, potentially building on their UCAS form. Most importantly, the prize aims to foster a lifelong love of reading and writing.

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