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Student Of The Year Award
First Prize £250
Four runners-up awards of £50 each

Achieving success as a writer or proofreader isn't always easy. That's why we celebrate the achievements of our students with an annual Award.

The Student of the Year Award is open to all students of The Writers Bureau and is free to enter. Your success won't be judged merely on the financial gains you have made – we are interested in much more than that.

Writers, we want to hear about any publishing success you have had – whether paid or not – and about how the course has helped you develop as a writer. This might include breakthroughs into new markets, the most unusual payment received for your writing, success with a genre you thought you wouldn't want to try or anything else you feel is relevant.

Proofreaders, we want to hear about how you have used your new skills to find employment, set up your own business or contributed to helping others. Maybe you've gained a new lease of life or found more confidence after doing your course. No matter how your studies have helped you, we want to hear about it.

Do I Qualify?
To qualify for entry you need to be a student of The Writers Bureau.


Prizes!
The winner will receive a £250 cash prize and there are four runners-up awards of £50 each. The winners will be published on our website, on social media platforms and in our promotional material.


Closing Date

The Award will be judged in January of each year. So, if you would like to put yourself forward to be considered as Student of the Year 2021 then your application must be received by 31st December 2020.


Raise Your Profile
We’re excited to see how your life has changed since enrolling with us and we can’t wait to receive your entries. Don’t forget, being judged the winner of the Student of The Year Award will give you a plethora of advertising exposure, which is great for raising your profile as a writer or proofreader and looks fantastic on your portfolio or CV!

How to send a postal entry
Download and fill in the application form, attach a recent colour photograph of yourself and send it by post to:

Susan Busby, Principal
Student of The Year Award
The Writers Bureau
8-10 Dutton Street
Manchester
M3 1LE

How to send an email entry
Scan and attach your entry to an email and send it to susanm@writersbureau.com with ‘WOY Entry’ in the subject line.

How to send a video entry
To send us a video you should upload your entry, two minutes maximum, to YouTube and mark it as unlisted (if you are not sure how to do this there’s a handy ‘Getting Started – Unlisted Videos’ tutorial in the YouTube Help section). Try to make your video as interesting possible – you can be as inventive you like. Once you are happy with your entry and you have uploaded it, we need to know the link. So, send your video link and signed entry form together with a recent colour photograph of yourself, by email to susanm@writersbureau.com with 'WOY Entry' in the subject.

 

For a little inspriation read the latest winners.

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ENTRY FORM

What to include in your application:

* Name
* Student Number
* Address
* Email Address
* Declaration: I declare that the above is a true and accurate record of my achievements. I give permission for my name, writing achievements, photograph and video (if supplied) to be used for promotional purposes by The Writers Bureau irrespective of whether I win.
* Signature
* Date

Here are some questions to help get you started, but please use these as a guide only.

* What were your ambitions when you started your course?
* How has The Writers Bureau course helped you?
* What are your future goals for using your new skills?
* Please give details of where you have been published or gained work and, if paid, how much did you receive.
* How much have you earned from published writing or proofreading in the last 12 months?
* Have you any further comments you'd like to make about The Writers Bureau Course?

We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck!

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Click here to download a copy of the entry form.

 
 

Theresa Gooda Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2021

“I began my first Writers Bureau course (Comprehensive Creative Writing) in 2007. Having more than covered the course fees from published pieces I have never looked back. Initially my ambitions were to get going. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know how to go about it, or, if I’m honest, quite what I wanted to write. Since, I have gradually blended a teaching career with writing, first with articles and short stories, then increasing the writing commitment dramatically when I secured an agent in 2016 to ghostwrite a series of memoirs. This year I have undertaken The Art of Writing Poetry course to really hone my skills in what I now realise is a genre I love - and have already had my first poems published.”

Theresa Gooda - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2021

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