Hall Caine Writing Prize relaunched for 2019-20 academic year

Photo by

Hall Caine Writing Prize relaunched for 2019-20 academic year


The popular Hall Caine Writing Prize has been relaunched, offering Isle of Man students of all ages the opportunity to conjure up some literary magic.


The competition was founded by Gloria Rukeyser, great granddaughter of novelist Sir Hall Caine, and first run in 2010-11. After a couple of years' absence, the Prize is being relaunched under the auspices of Manx Litfest, working closely with Mrs Rukeyser and her family and the Departent of Education, Sport and Culture.


The prize is open to students of all ages who are in full-time education in the Isle of Man. They are invited to pen a short story, a memoir, or the opening chapter of a novel. Judges will look for strong characterisation, good narrative flow and, above all, imaginative storytelling.


This year's theme is 'The first time I...' and information was distributed around the Island's primary schools, secondary schools and colleges earlier this term.

Mrs Rukeyser, herself a writer and journalist, sponsors the competition to foster a love of writing. She said: 'I'm delighted that the Prize is being relaunched and would like to thank the team at Manx Litfest and everyone within the Island's schools and colleges for supporting it. This year's theme really resonates with me, because it opens the door to so many different possible stories for the young writers to explore.'


Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: 'The Hall Caine Writing Prize has proved to be incredibly popular with students of all ages over the years and we are pleased to see it return. It's a wonderful opportunity for our students to hone their writing skills and I look forward to reading the winning entries.'


The Prize has four categories: Primary, in which entrants must write up to 500 words, with prizes of £100, £75 and £50; Key Stage 3 – up to 1000 words with prizes of £150, £100 and £50; Key Stage 4 – up to 1500 words with prizes of £175, £125 and £75 and Key Stage 5/University College Isle of Man – up to 2000 words with prizes of £200, £150 and £100. Up to 10 highly commended entrants in each category will receive prizes of £25.

The closing date for entries is Friday 24th January 2020. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form and entries themselves must not carry identifying markers, such as the author’s name or school. They must contain an accurate word count. Entries that don’t adhere to these rules will not be considered.


All entries should be emailed to hallcainewritingprize@gmail.com.
Entrants are advised to study the full rules, which are available from all schools and colleges, and can be viewed at www.manxlitfest.com/competitions.

A sponsored body of
The Department of Education, Sport and Culture
Rheynn Ynsee, Spoyrt as Cultoor
Isle of Man Government
Reiltys Ellan Vannin
Isle of man Government