We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Prison Reform Trust writing competition.

As in previous years there are three categories, comment/article, short story and spoken word.

The topics for each category are:

comment/article ‘what is prison for?’ (500 words)

short story ‘inside out’ (1,000 words)

spoken word ‘speak out’ (400 words)

We have been lucky in securing the same judges as last year, Chris Mullin and Erwin James will judge the comment/article prize, Minette Walters and Rachel Billington will judge the short story prize, and Akala and Femi Oyeniran will judge the spoken word prize.

You can download a competition leaflet by clicking this link or email michele.byam@prisonreformtrust.org.uk

2017 competition winners

The Prison Reform Trust is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 writing competition.

The three categories were:

‘All in it Together: Fixing the Prison Community’ - a comment piece or article of no more than 500 words (click on the winner's name to read their article)

SC, the judges said the winning piece was "insightful and accurate"
FL, the judges said this article was "thought provoking"
MH, the judges said this piece was "touching and emotional"

'Life starts now' - a short story of no more than 1,000 words (click on the winner's name to read their article)

AS, the judges said he was "an excellent piece of storytelling"
TH, the judges said the story "full of intrigue"
EJ, the judges said the piece "gripping and different"

'Stand up and be counted' - a rap/lyric of no more than 400 words (click on the winner's name to read their article)

EG, the judges said the winning poem  "hinted at darkness but had a great twist"
CA, the judges "enjoyed the poem's fun and sense of mischief"
JT, the judges said this piecewas  "stirring and inspiring"

And the prize for an outstanding entry from an under 21-year-old went to:

MW, the judges said this was 'a well-argued, sensible piece from a young writer.'