Dystopian tale puts Millie in line for award


A sixth former has been long listed for a national writing award.

Year 13 student Millie Morris is in with a chance for the Lancaster Writing Awards.

Millie, of Samuel Whitbread Academy in Clifton, wrote a dystopian story called The Runaway Orphan in which one man tries to beat a system in which life itself is taxed.

The awards, launched in 2012 by Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing, are open to all Year 12 and 13 students.

This year there were more than 250 entries.

The awards cover three categories; literary criticism, prose fiction and poetry, with all judges being members of the department’s teaching staff.

Dr Jenn Ashworth, author of A Kind of Intimacy, Cold Light and The Friday Gospels, will be one of the judges for the fiction prize.

Five shortlisted students in each category will then be invited to Lancaster University’s Sixth Form Conference in July, when the winners will be announced.

Professor John Schad, the university’s head of department, said: “We have been really impressed with the quality of the work received this year.”