Writing Competition – The Ellis S Hillman Award

Stretch those creative muscles and commemorate 150 years of the ‘Through the Looking-Glass’! The Lewis Carroll Society is launching a writing competition to celebrate the creativity of the author of the ‘Alice’ books. The award is part of the bequest from Ellis S Hillman. He was the first President of the Lewis Carroll Society in 1969.
The Challenge

Write a ‘missing’ chapter for either Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-Glass. You can create new characters or re-use existing characters; create new scenarios or use an existing scenario and follow on.

Competition Details

There is no charge for entering the competition and the closing date is Saturday, July 3rd, which is Alice’s Day in Oxford this year. The final results are expected to be announced in the first week of August.

The Lewis Carroll Society wish to encourage reading, writing and creativity across all age groups. There are three prizes of £100 each for three separate age groups – up to 16 yrs old, 16-20, over 20 yrs. Entries to be between 500 to 2000 words, depending on age.

There will be additional prizes of Chris Riddell’s new book Through the Looking- Glass and What Alice Found There for the winner and runners-ups.

If you have any queries please email: competition@lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk

Please use the form below to submit your entry.

LCS Panel of Judges

The competition will be judged by a group of people with a deep connection to Lewis Carroll and his work.

Brian Sibley

Brian Sibley is the President of The Lewis Carroll Society, and an author and broadcaster. His work includes over a hundred hours of radio drama including adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia and Watership Down. He has written and presented radio features and documentaries and has written books about C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walt Disney and Peter Jackson.

Will Brooker

Will Brooker is a writer and also a Professor of film and cultural studies at Kingston University. He is the author of several books of cultural studies dealing with elements of modern pop culture including Batman, David Bowie and Alice in Wonderland. He is a long-time collaborator with The Lewis Carroll Society and he has presented on Lewis Carroll at many conferences. Through the Looking-Glass is one of his favourite books.

Caroline Luke

Caroline Luke is the great-great-niece of Lewis Carroll. She grew up listening to stories told her by her grandmother of her childhood and times spent with Uncle Charles and other relatives. She is the co-author of The Life of Edwin Dodgson and one of the family executors of the C L Dodgson Estate. Caroline is a long-time supporter of The Lewis Carroll Society.

Rules of the LCS Competition

  • Produce a missing chapter of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-Glass
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Entries must be in English
  • Create your own title for the chapter
  • The name, age and word count of the author must be included with the entry. Your age will be taken as of 3rd July 2021.
  • For under-16s the minimum word count is 500 words, for 16 and over the minimum word count is 1000 words
  • The maximum word count is 2000 words
  • Indicate where the submitted work fits into the original story – e.g. after ‘A Mad Tea-Party’, after ‘Humpty Dumpty’
  • For under 16s  – entries must be submitted by an adult capable of giving permission on behalf of the child-parent/guardian or the child’s teacher who has obtained the parent or guardian’s permission.
  • The competition will close on July 3rd 2021.
If you are under 16 please provide permission from a parent or guardian.
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