We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Prison Reform Trust writing competition.
There are winners across three categories with separate themes:
Comment/Article - 'How Do You Reform Prisons?'
Lyric/Rap - 'Change'
Short Story - 'Out For Good'
There are prizes for all winners across all three categories and a special prize of £100 for an outstanding entry from somebody aged 21 or under
The judges have compiled a list five top tips for all entrants:
- Be clear before you start what it is you are trying to say.
- Any piece should have a strong introduction, an interesting middle, and a punchy ending.
- Be sure the writing contains enough practical elements to keep the reader hooked, i.e. the right amounts of narrative, dialogue, and description. Nobody likes to read overlong pieces of text.
- Don’t worry if writing seems like hard work. It is quite common for a serious writer to ‘sweat blood’ in order to get a good result.
- Always keep your readers or listeners in mind and never forget that you are writing for them - not for you. If you do have trouble writing things down it’s fine to ask for help from the Education Department or the Librarian. Good luck!
The Judges are:
Rachel Billington, OBE, has published 21 novels for adults, as well as children’s books, and non-fiction titles. She is Honorary Vice-President of English PEN, and an associate editor of and contributor to Inside Time.
Kingslee ‘Akala’ Daley is a BAFTA/MOBO award winning hip hop artist, writer and TV presenter. He is also founder of the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, a music theatre production company specialising in the delivery of education programmes, live events and music productions aimed at engaging young people to help them achieve artistic excellence.
Erwin James is an author, Guardian columnist and editor of Inside Time, the national newspaper for people in prison. His autobiography, Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope, is published in April 2016. He is a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust.
Minette Walters is a psychological thriller writer. She achieved a unique triple when her first three novels won the highest awards for crime and thriller fiction in the UK and USA. She is published in 36 countries and five of her stories have been adapted for television. Her major interest is working with offenders, both inside prison and on release.
Chris Mullin is an author, journalist and former MP, Minister and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee. His books include three volumes of diaries, and the novel A Very British Coup, which was made into an award-winning TV series. He was a judge of The Man Booker Prize, 2011.
Femi Oyeniran is an award-winning London-based actor/filmmaker who has starred in hit films Kidulthood and Anuvahood. His first feature film, It’s a Lot, was released theatrically in 2013 and is available on Netflix. In 2015 his production company Purple Geko produced a 10-part series for Sky Living called Venus vs Mars. His second film, The Intent, will be released in summer 2016.
For more information on how to enter, competition rules and prizes you can click this link to download a leaflet or email firstname.lastname@example.org