"We wanted to create an award that celebrated creative writing at our university. It was about giving young writers, like ourselves, an accessible competition to help build some accolades for the CV, with a little bit of prize money on the side. However, very early in the planning process, we realised that an opportunity like this shouldn’t just be given to an insular university community, but a wider one.
The Literary Lancashire Award is about celebrating young writers and celebrating the importance of creative writing. Lancashire is a wonderfully beautiful and diverse place, tucked away in the Northern reaches of the country. We want to see something of this inspiration and potential in the writing we receive.
At our heart, we are just a group of students wanting to give something back to the community, using the skills we’ve gained in our education to introduce young people to a creative sector we’ve learnt to love."
- Lara Orriss and Ruth walbank
Co-founders of the LLA (2018-19)
Our Aims and values
The Literary Lancashire Award is a creative writing competition and community outreach programme for 16-30-year olds who live in Lancashire. It has been founded to fill an artistic gap in the community and we value creative writing as a viable degree and career option. Our aim is to create an active interest in the creative industry for young people.
Our team will visit local schools and host creative writing workshops to encourage young people to engage with writing. We will use this time to help you develop your creative ideas and to discuss creative writing as a degree and career option.
Accolades are an essential part of getting published as a writer. We want to make this comeptition accessible to everyone in the area, to make it easier for your future carear. Find out more about what you can gain in winning this competition.