The Booker Prize at Birkbeck – Creative Writing Competition


Current students across Birkbeck—from any school and department—are invited to enter into a Creative Writing competition. Applicants should submit from 1,500 to 3,000 words of prose (fiction or non-fiction) on the theme of adaptation by 5 pm on October 25th using the form below.

The competition is part of several events relating to the theme of adaptation, inspired by Birkbeck’s Booker Lecture, which will be delivered in 2019 by celebrated novelist Ian McEwan. Atonement was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2001, and was adapted for the screen to great acclaim by Christopher Hampton in 2007. McEwan and Hampton will be in conversation on the process of the film adaptation.


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The winner and runners-up will be presented with a prize of book tokens by Ian McEwan, and will be published on the Mechanics’ Institute Review Online.


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