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The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award 2017

The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award was instituted in 2012 and is given in memory of the founder of Laurelbank School System annually to the student with best all round performance. This year Dr. Hamayun Mian Award carrying a gold medal and a cash prize of Rs. 40,000/- was given to Talha Shahzad from O-Level Section Shalimar Campus I who scored 12A’s in the Cambridge International Examination 2016.


Time to Showcase Your Talent

On 24th September, 2016 the British Council organized an event ‘Time to Showcase Your Talent’ at Pakistan – China Friendship Centre Islamabad. A group of 11 students from Shalimar Campus I participated in the event with an exquisite presentation entitled ‘My Pakistan My Pride’. Ahmad Khubaib VIIIMBC and Abeeha Waseem IXMGB sang various regional and national songs. This beautiful medley of songs was made even more exciting by colourful performance of students dressed in colourful regional dresses that represented and highlighted the diverse culture of Pakistan. Students’ performance and especially live singing was highly appreciated by the audience.

The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award 2016

Dr. Hamayun Mian Award was instituted in 2012 and is given in remembrance of the founder of Laurelbank School annually to the students with best all round performance. This year Dr. Hamayun Mian Award carrying a gold medal and a cash prize of Rs. 40,000/- was given to Inza Naeem Gilanee from Girls’ Branch Shalimar Campus I who scored 1053/1100 in the 2015 Matric Exams.


The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award 2015

Dr. Hamayun Mian Award, carrying a Dr. Hamayun Mian Award medal and a cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-, was given to Hira Hameed from O-Level Section for her outstanding all round performance.


CA – Pakistan Olympiad 2015

A team from the Laurelbank Public School Shalimar Campus I, comprising of Khadeeja Asif – XMGC, Muhammad Shahbaz Iqbal – XMBA and Mubashar Fiaz – XMBA won 1st Runner up trophy at a quiz contest titled “CA – Pakistan Olympiad 2015”. The Olympiad was organized by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, on 2nd February 2015 at the Hotel Falettis, Lahore.


Cassini Scientist for a Day, 2014

Khizra Kashif a student of secondary section Girls’ Branch Shalimar Campus I was declared the winner in ‘Cassini Scientist for a Day’ international essay competition 2013 organized by SUPARCO. She secured top score for the target ‘Saturn’ in grade V – VI category and received her prize and certificate in a ceremony organized at SUPARCO Center Lahore on November 11th  2014.


The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award 2014

Dr. Hamayun Mian Award carrying a gold medal and a cash prize of Rs. 40,000/- was given to Alina Aslam Butt for an outstanding all round performance.


WWF Nature Carnival 2014

On 26 Jan. 2014 the WWF organized Nature Carnival 2014 at the Race Course Park, Lahore. The Laurelbank School System entered projects in 3 different categories i.e. “Benefits of Trees” (classes I – II), “Health and Hygiene” (classes V – VI) and “Disaster Management” (classes VII – VIII). The LPS Shalimar Campus won the 1st prize in level I (classes I – III) and won the 2ndprize in the overall presentation.


Fun and Learn Carnival

Laurelbank Public School was awarded a shield for the ‘Best Stall Presentation’ at the Service Fun and Learn Carnival organized by the British Council on 7thDec. 2013 at the Children’s Library Complex. The carnival provided a chance to students to showcase their ‘Fun and Learn’ activities and related school projects by setting up their school’s stall. They participated with zeal under the guidance of their teachers. Their efforts were well appreciated by the judges and the Dir. Punjab British Council, who was the chief guest on the occasion.


The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award 2013

The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award instituted in 2012, is given annually to the student with the Best all round performance both in academics and extra curricular activities. It carries a cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-. This year The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award was split between two brilliant students of LSS, Muneeza Arshad (1004/1050 marks in Matric Exam) and Usman Farooq (9A* and 1A in GCE Exam), for outstanding all round performances. They received Dr. Hamayun Mian medals with cash prizes of Rs. 20,000/- each.


Lahore Board Position Holder

Hafsa Siddiqui, a student at Laurelbank School System achieved 806 out of 850 in the Matric exams. We are all very proud of her. At Laurelbank, our staff, teachers and students work really hard all year round. On one hand we expect our students to participate in extracurricular and sports activities, and on the other, there is no compromise on our academic achievements; we expect the best! Therefore we are really proud of Hafsa Siddiqui for living up to our expectations. Not only did she attain the 3rd Position in the Science Group amongst girls in the XM Lahore Board Exams 2008, she was also awarded Rs.200,000 by the Lahore Board!


The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award 2012
Every year the best student of the system with an outstanding all round performance will be given The Dr. Hamayun Mian Award carrying a cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-. This year the award went to Ammar Babar for securing an aggregate of 21As in the O-Levels 2012.

Inter-School Grand Chess Tournament 2012 “The Little Master of Lahore”

M. Shehryar a prodigy of The Laurelbank Public School Shalimar Campus has earned laurels for the school by winning the title of “The Little Master of Lahore” and a gold medal with a cash prize of Rs. 8,000/- in the Grand Inter-School Chess Tournament 2012. The three-day tournament was organized by The Laurelbank School System at its Alhamra Town Campus from 15th – 17th Nov. 2012. This grand achievement of M. Shehryar is the reward of the persistent effort of the administration of LSS in providing chess coaching to the students in the form of chess clubs at all LPS campuses. In a short period of time the little masters of LSS have taken over the flag of victory in the chess

LACAS Science Quiz Competition 2012

A science quiz competition was organized by Avicenna Science Society of LACAS. It was held on 28.02.2012 at LACAS School, Gulberg Branch. O-Level students Usman Farooq Butt, Shahroze Inam, Maira Javed and Ayesha Akram-ul-Haq XCA participated in the competition. Top twelve school teams from the Lahore city were among the competitors. It is a matter of great pride that our team won all rounds of the quiz competition including the Model Making round. Our students’ intellect and genius received a tremendous applause from the spectators and their efforts were truly appreciated by them. Our school team was awarded with a trophy for winning the competition.


WWF Nature Carnival 2012

On 19th Feb. 2012 The WWF organized Nature Carnival 2012 at the Race Course Park, Lahore. The Laurelbank School System entered projects in 3 different categories i.e. Tourism Vs Eco-Tourism Explore Wetlands of Pakistan for ECO Tourism (Level -5), Energy Conservation, Alternative Energy (Level-4) and Habitat Conservation of Endangered Species (Snow Leopards, Green Turtles, Dolphins) Level -1. The LPS Shalimar Campus won the 1st prize in level I (classes I – III). We won the day over by receiving trophy for being 1st in the overall presentation.


WWF Nature Carnival 2011

The Nature Carnival 2011 was organized by the WWF on 13th Feb. 2011 at the Race Course Park. The Primary Section Shalimar Campus I and Shalimar campus II won the 1st prize on the topic “In campus Personalized Plantation and Adopt a Tree, Building of Bird Refuge in School”. The Primary Section Shalimar Campus I and Shalimar campus III won the 1st prize on the topic “Fresh Water Conservation Green Idea”. The Secondary Sections of the Alhamra Town Campus also won the 1st prize on the topic “Reduction of Carbon Foot Print of a School e.g. energy efficient classrooms, use of electronic appliances, paper use etc”. The Secondary Sections of the Daroghawala Campus won the 3rd prize on the topic “Energy Conservation —–Alternative Energy (Solar Bio gas)”. The Laurelbank School System won a trophy for being 2nd in the overall presentations.


The Earth Day Carnival at Aitcheson 2011

The Waste Busters organized the event at Aitcheson Amphitheatre on 22nd April 2011. We won shields for being “The Best Recycling Stall” and “The Best Mascot”. Ammar Babar XC, Ayesha Akram-ul-Haq IXC and Zaima Ahmad VIIIMG received 1st prizes in the painting competition in their respective categories. Zinia Qaiser VIIGA was also 2nd in the Painting Competition.


SUPARCO Space Week 2010

Ahmad Saeed V-P SRCI and Farwah Hassan IXM DWC got 1st positions in the Model Making Competition in their respective categories. Hafsa Arshad V-W SRCI and Ayesha Akram-ul-Haq IXC SRCI were 3rd in the Poster Competition. Talha Shahzad V-W SRCI and Hira Rashid VIIIMGA ATC were 1st in the Declamation Competition. Arooj Zaheer V-B SRCI and Sana Saleem VIIIMGA ATC were 2nd in the Essay Writing Competition while Amna Noor V-N SRCI was 3rd.

International Kangaroo Competition 2010

Mahnoor Ali VIII-SRCI got 5th position in Lahore out of a strength of 1,421 and got 14th position in Pakistan out of strength of 7,224.

Youth National Essay Writing Competition Dec 2009

The competition was organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs Pakistan. Maria Manzoor XMGB-SRCI got 2nd position and received a cash prize of Rs. 30,000. The topic of the essay was “Socio-Cultural Factors for Solidarity of Pakistan”.

Nature Carnival 2009

WWF Nature Carnival was held on Feb 22, 2009. Laurelbank School System won the third prize for all over presentations. Our students prepared 3D Models on various environmental themes such as “Hazards of Polythene Bags”, “Dengue Virus” and “Climate Change”. Below is a photograph of our team.


Football Match LPS Vs LGS

Below is a photograph of our winning football team. Our students demonstrated their team spirit by winning two football matches against LGS football team. Junior boys team won the game with a 9 to 2 margin. In the second match the LPS seniors won the match by a 10 to 1 margin. We are all very proud of our students’ sportsmanship! And hope to continue this tradition of achievement.


Geofest International 2008 (Lucknow, India)

A LSS delegation participated in the Geofest International 2008, this was held in Luknow, India. The LSS delegation consisted of eight students; under the leadership of Dr Salma Mian and supervision of Mr. Khalid Mehboob. During this international event our students participated in different environmental awareness related projects and the details of the prizes won are as follows:Create Your Taste (Juniors): 3rd Prize won by Hansa and Sidra KiwaiModel Making (Juniors): Consolation Prize was given to Asma Khalid and Hamza MustafaTopic Discussion: This event was arranged among eight groups of different schools; the LSS delegation leader was chosen to speak on a given topic and she won the 1st prize in this category.


Year

Name of Student

Exam

Grade / Total

Branch

2017

Amina Haq

O-Levels

8As (3A*, 5A)

Cambridge Section

2017

Abdul Hannan Raza

Matric BISE

1073 / 1100

SRC Boys’ Branch

2016

Hassan Rashid

O-Levels

12As (9A*, 3A)

Cambridge Section

2016

Hafsa Arshad

Matric BISE

1072 / 1100

SRC Girls’ Branch

2015

Kishwar Ilyas

O-Levels

9As

Cambridge Section

2015

Inza Naeem Gilanee

Matric BISE

1053 / 1100

SRC Girls’ Branch

2014

Hira Hameed

O-Levels

10 As (4A* + 6A)

Cambridge Section

2014

Zainab Farooq

Matric

1059 / 1100

SRC Girls’ Branch

2013

Omer Saif Cheema

O-Levels

11 As (6A* + 5A)

Cambridge Section

2013

Allina Aslam Butt

Matric

1009/1050

SRC Girls’ Branch

2012

Usman Farooq Butt

O-Levels

10 As (9As* + 1A)

Cambridge Section

2012

Muneeza Arshad

Matric

1004 / 1050

Girls’ Branch

2011

Ammar Babar

O-Levels

21 As (16A*+5As)

Cambridge Section

2011

Hamza Bin Shahid

Matric

995 / 1050

Boys’ Branch

2010

M. Rouzam

O-Levels

10 A’s

Cambridge Section

2010

Hamza Iftikhar

Matric

991 / 1050

Boys’ Branch

2010

Aimen Siddiqui

Matric

991 / 1050

Girls’ Branch

2009

Khansa Zafar

Matric

980 / 1050

Girls’ Branch

2009

Xunaira Qamar

Matric

980 / 1050

Girls’ Branch

2009

Muhammad Umer

O-Levels

8 A’s

Cambridge Section

2008

Hafsa Siddiqui

Matric

806 / 850

Girls’ Branch

2008

Ali Farhan

O-Levels

12 A’s

Cambridge Section

2007

Aqsa Waseem

O-Levels

11 A’s

Cambridge Section


Quotes from the Winners and Judges

The winners of this year’s awards were revealed at a gala ceremony on Friday 1st December in the atmospheric Baronial Hall at Chetham’s Library in the heart of the city.

Sakinah Hofler was awarded the Fiction Prize for her entry ‘even the kids know better’. She lives in Cincinnati in the USA and is a former chemical and quality engineer who now spends her time teaching and writing fiction, screenplays and poetry.

Romalyn Ante and Laura Webb each submitted a collection of their poetry. Ante, who grew up in the Philippines and moved to the UK in 2005, received the Creative Future Literary Awards for Poetry in 2017. Webb, born in Birkenhead and now living in London, has completed a PhD in contemporary poetry and won the 2006 Blackwell Publishing/The Reader magazine ‘How to Write a Poem’ competition.

Sakinah Hofler, winner of the 2017 Fiction Prize, said: “I’m blown away right now. When I was shortlisted for the Poetry Prize last year, part of me was convinced it was a fluke. To be shortlisted again, this time for fiction, to know that my work, my words, continue to touch an audience gives me life. I’m grateful for the judges for seeing the potential in my work. I’m grateful to be among the company of the other finalists. I am grateful for Carol Ann Duffy for establishing this prize; prizes like these are needed to continue to elevate the importance of the written word and of art. Art is what lasts. Art tells us the truth when history won’t. And now, as always it seems, art is necessary during these troubled political times. Lastly, I’m grateful for the people in my life that continue to be my cheerleaders: my husband, my family, my best friends. Thank you.”

Laura Webb, joint-winner of the 2017 Poetry Prize said: “Poetry is a light in the world and one I'm immensely grateful to have, especially in challenging times. Poetry is where I have always felt most at home, and this award will allow me to spend more time in that home and, I hope, to welcome others into it. I'm so grateful, and hugely proud to have been a part of the competition. I want to thank everyone involved - the judging panel, Adam, Pascale and Mona, for being inspirations for my own work as well as selecting me for this prize - to Dame Carol Ann Duffy for creating both the prize, and so many poems which inspired me to write as I grew up. I sincerely thank the shortlisted poets and fiction writers, who it is a privilege to have been shortlisted alongside. As much of my recent writing aims to celebrate and pay thanks to fascinating, courageous women through history, this award is dedicated to them as sources of great strength and inspiration.”

Nicholas Royle, Reader in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, who judged the Fiction Prize alongside Bonnie Greer and Angela Readman said: “We felt privileged and humbled to read the innermost thoughts of these wordsmiths.”

Adam O’Riordan, Academic Director of Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, who chaired the Poetry Prize panel that featured former winners Mona Arshi and Pascale Petit, said: “Mona and Pascale worked incredibly hard and produced a short-list which reflected the quality of submissions to this year's competition.”

Poetry Prize Short-list

(in alphabetical order)

Romalyn Ante

Romalyn Ante grew up in the Philippines and moved to the UK in 2005. Her debut poetry pamphlet is Rice & Rain. She is a Jerwood/Arvon mentee 2017-2018. She is Commended in Battered Moons Poetry Competition and received Creative Future Literary Awards for Poetry in 2017. As a recipient of Artists’ International Development Fund, she travelled back to the Philippines in November 2017 to write about culture, identity, and reconnections, and to talk about her craft at De La Salle University, Manila.

Ella Frears

Ella Frears is a poet and visual artist based in south-east London. She has had poetry published in Poetry London, The Rialto, POEM and the Moth among others. Ella is a trustee and editor for Magma Poetry and was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London 2014. She has completed various residencies for Tate Modern, the National Trust, Newlyn Art Gallery and most recently she was Poet in Residence at Royal Holloway University writing about the Cassini Space Mission. Ella’s debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is forthcoming with Goldsmiths Press. 

Don Judson

Don Judson is a poet and fiction writer living in Attleboro, MA, USA. His writing honors in fiction include a Howard Foundation Award, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship and an Emerging Fiction Writer Award (for a novel) from New York University. Among others, he has won a 49th Parallel award and the Boudreaux Prize for poetry and been nominated for three Pushcart Awards. Poetry publications include Rhino, The Bellingham Review, 580 Split, Palooka, Witness, Tupelo Quarterly, and Nimrod. 

Carolyn King

Carolyn King lives on the Isle of Wight, where two of her poems are cast in bronze at Island landmarks and others are currently displayed at Freshwater’s ‘Dimbola Lodge’ as part of the 19th-century pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition. Carolyn was involved educationally for many years with language-impaired children and this is often reflected in her poetry. Since being short-listed for the Manchester Prize in 2013 she has taken first prizes in the Second Light annual competition and the ‘formal’ category of Poetry on the Lake, second prizes in the Thomas Gray Tercentenary, the Segora and the Sentinel annual poetry competitions and a number of other awards. 

Lindsay Means

Lindsay Means was born in California and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Winner of the 2015 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, she works as an editorial assistant at Riverhead Books. 

 

 

Laura Webb

Laura Webb was born in Birkenhead in 1985. In 2006 she won the Blackwell Publishing/ The Reader magazine ‘How to Write a Poem’ competition. She completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing and a PhD on contemporary poetry at Sheffield University. Among other places, she has had poems published in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets, Best Friends Forever, Poetry Ireland Review, The Manchester Review, Magma, Poems in Which, Poetry Wales, Stand, and The Rialto. She lives and works in London.

Fiction Prize Short-list

(in alphabetical order)


K. L. Boejden

K. L. Boejden was born in South Korea, grew up in Denmark, studied in Paris, and now lives and works in Norway. He finds the arctic cold and darkness almost as inspiring as the cafés in Paris.

 

Jane Fraser

Jane Fraser lives in the small village of Llangennith, on the Gower peninsula, south Wales where she co-directs NB: Design, a design agency, by day and writes at every other opportunity. She has a Creative Writing MA from Swansea University and a PhD for a collection of short fiction entitled, The South Westerlies. She is a winner of the British Haiku Society and Genjuan International Prize for haibun. She has been a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and Fish Memoir Prize, been longlisted once for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize and seven times for the Manchester Fiction Prize.

Her work has been published in prize-winning anthologies including Accent and Momaya Press, and by New Welsh Review and The Lonely Crowd. She is grandmother to Megan 8, Florence 7 and Alice 3 who think it cool that, “Grandma’s been going to school to write stories”. 

Sakinah Hofler

Sakinah Hofler is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati, where she is a Yates Fellow. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize. She received her MFA from Florida State University, where she was a recipient of the Kingsbury Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Eunoia Review and Counterexample Poetics. A former chemical and quality engineer, she now spends her time teaching and writing fiction, screenplays, and poetry. 

P. F. Latham

Now in his 86th year, P. F. Latham grew up in the war and won his first prize for writing aged ten years and ten months (one is precise at that age). A reader all his life, he has been a soldier (briefly) a management consultant, director of a Housing corporation, and then Town Clerk at Stratford upon Avon. Currently he has a children's story on offer to half a dozen literary agents and a love story to another set of agents. So far none has offered to take on either book. 

 

Hannah Vincent

Hannah Vincent began her writing life as a playwright after studying drama at the University of East Anglia. She worked as a child-minder to help fund her MA in Creative Writing at Kingston and is currently carrying out doctoral research in creative and critical writing at the University of Sussex. Her first novel Alarm Girl was published by Myriad Editions in 2014 and her second The Weaning – about a psychotic child-minder – is forthcoming from Salt in February 2018.

David Wakely

Raised in South London, Dave Wakely has worked as a musician, university administrator, poetry librarian, and editor in locations as disparate as Bucharest, Notting Hill and Milton Keynes. Currently a freelance copywriter/editor after completing a Creative Writing MA, he lives in Buckinghamshire with his civil partner and too many guitars. His short stories have appeared in Ambit, Best Gay Stories 2017, Chelsea Station, Fictive Dream, Glitterwolf, Holdfast, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, Prole, Shooter and Token. A poetry salon MC and one of the organisers of Milton Keynes Literature Festival.

 

As well as short-listing six finalists for the Fiction Prize, the judges also chose to highly commend some further stories.

  • Barclay Bradbury “The Interview”
  • Dominic David Burgess “McFly”
  • John Burns “Alberto Tomba and the List of Grievances”
  • Dakota Canon “Little Earthquakes”
  • Daniel Cordle “Surface Tension”
  • Christina Craigo “Sharp Cheddar with Dijon on Rye”
  • Helen de Burca “At the Border”
  • Rachel Despicht “Memory”
  • Tatiana Duvanova “Fast-Forward”
  • Peter Ferris “Working for Mr. Rambridge”
  • Clare Fielder “Services”
  • Laura Foakes “Deep Time”
  • Louise Goulding “Wild Mushroom Soup”
  • Deborah Gregory “Silas in the Sea”
  • Sarah Hegarty “Lucky”
  • Finegan Kruckemeyer “Nests”
  • Eamonn Lenihan “Our Little Secrets”
  • Niall McArdle “The Joker’s Smile Cannot Stop the World Turning”
  • Deirdre McAuley “Bruising”
  • Niamh MacCade “To Memorise the Lark”
  • Patrick McGuiness “A Place Where it’s Always Now”
  • Fozia Mubarak “After Malala Was Educated…”
  • Maia Nikitina “The Sea Creature”
  • Alberto Nissim “Lost in the Depths of the Ocean”
  • Michelle Redfern “Finding Treasure”
  • Khadija Rouf “At the Lido”
  • Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne “The Spacemen Them”
  • Tracey Slaughter “some facts about her home town”
  • Trevor Syrett “The Tiger in the Cage”
  • Natalia Theodoridou “All the Ophelias in My Flat”
  • Maria Thomas “Lucky”
  • Louise Tondeur “Falling”
  • Peter Yeoh “Small Auntie”

Competition Judges 2017

Poetry Prize Judges

‌Adam O'Riordan

‌Adam O'Riordan is Academic Director of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and has chaired the Manchester Poetry Prize panel since 2012. In 2008, he became the Wordsworth Trust Centre for British Romanticism’s youngest ever poet-in-residence and his first collection, In the Flesh, won a 2011 Somerset Maugham Award. His debut collection of short stories The Burning Ground was published by Bloomsbury in the UK and W.W. Norton & Company in the USA, and his second collection of poems A Herring Famine published by Chatto, in 2017.

Mona Arshi

‌Mona Arshi was born in West London where she still lives. She worked as a Human rights lawyer for a decade before she received a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and won the inaugural Magma Poetry competition in 2011. Mona was joint winner of the Manchester Poetry prize in 2014. Her debut collection Small Hands was published by Pavilion Poetry, part of Liverpool University Press, in Spring 2015. Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first poetry collection in 2015. Her second collection is due to be published in 2019. (Photo credit Amanda Pepper Photography.)

Pascale Petit

‌Pascale Petit was born in Paris and lives in Cornwall. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017) is a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her sixth, Fauverie, was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Pascale was one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets in 2004 and has had three collections selected as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. Her books have been translated into Spanish (in Mexico), Chinese, French and Serbian. In 2015 she received a Cholmondeley Award. (Photo credit Kaido Vainomaa.)

 

Fiction Prize Judges

‌Nicholas Royle

‌Nicholas Royle has chaired the judging panel for the Manchester Fiction Prize since 2009. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and the author of seven novels, including The Director’s CutAntwerp and First Novel. He has written more than 100 short stories, some of which feature in his collection Mortality. He has edited 20 anthologies, including six volumes of Best British Short Stories, and runs Nightjar Press, which publishes new stories in chapbook format. He lives in Manchester.

Bonnie Greer‌

‌Bonnie Greer was born in Chicago and has lived in the London for three decades. She is a dual national and often writes from that perspective. Her novels include Hanging By Her Teeth and Entropy. Non-fiction: Obama Music and Langston Hughes and a memoir, A Parallel Life. Her plays have been produced onstage and for BBC Radio, the latest being Ferguson (2016) and, for the stage, The Hotel Cerise (2016).

‌Angela Readman

Angela Readman’s stories have been winners of the Costa Short Story Award, Mslexia Short Story Prize and The National Flash Fiction Day Competition. Her work has been shortlisted in The Asham Award, The Bristol Prize,‌ The Bath Short Story Award and Manchester Fiction Prize. ‌Her debut short story collection Don’t Try This at Home (And Other Stories) won The Rubery Book Award in 2015 and was shortlisted for The Edge Hill Prize. She is also a poet, her latest book The Book of Tides (2016) was published by Nine Arches.

 

Notes for Editors

The Manchester Writing Competition was devised by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and is run by her team in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University: www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk. Presented in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival and sponsored by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

The copyright in each story and poem submitted remains with its author.

If you have any queries, or would like any further information, about the Manchester Writing Competition, please contact writingschool@mmu.ac.uk; +44 (0) 161 247 1787. Press enquiries: Dominic Smith: dominic.smith@mmu.ac.uk; +44 (0) 161 247 5277. The judges and finalists are all available for interview.

The 2018 Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes will open to entries in January 2018: www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk. We are looking to build relationships and explore opportunities with commercial and cultural sponsors and partners, so please get in touch: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk; +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

 

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