The Athenaeum ‘Writer-In-Residence’ Award 2014-15


 The Athenaeum was founded in 1797 to provide a meeting place where ideas and information can be exchanged in pleasant surroundings. The heart of the Athenaeum is its famous library, one of the greatest proprietary libraries in the United Kingdom.

In partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Echo & Radio Merseyside the Athenaeum has created an annual writing award for young people:

The Athenaeum Writer-In Residence Award

 The Award

The Award Includes;

v    Designation as Writer – In – Residence for one year

v    Prize of £1,000

v    Publication of the winning entry in the Liverpool Echo

v    There is an Opportunity to produce and publish two articles, essays or poems via Radio Merseyside & The Liverpool Echo.

v    Honorary Membership of the Athenaeum for one year including access to the Library.

   An Invitation from the Athenaeum to a Lunch or Dinner on an appropriate occasion.


In addition, if the entry comes via a school, The Athenaeum will donate £100 to be used for the Purchase of books for the School Library. Towards the end of his or her year, we will expect from the winner an appropriate report on the year’s activities and rewards.



The award is open to all young people who will be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the 16th November 2014, the final date for the receipt of entries.


How to enter

 Writers are invited to submit an example of some 1,000 – 1,200 words of original prose which can be in the form of a short story, a travel essay or something about which they feel passionate. It may be serious or amusing. What the judges are looking for is an example of their work which they are proud to have written.


Please make entries in word.


Entries via your school or direct are acceptable.

The Closing date for entries is Sunday 16th November 2014.

 The Selection Process


The judges will select finalists by 3rd December 2014. The chosen finalists will be invited to a reception at the Athenaeum on 10th December 2014 at 6:30pm.

The finalists will be invited to write a further piece of 1000-1200 words, the subject to be announced at the finalists’ reception. Entries will be required to be submitted by 16th January 2015.

The winner of the Writer In Residence Award will be announced on 18th February 2015.

The winning entry and other finalists’ entries will be published in the Liverpool Echo & announced on Radio Merseyside.


Contact: Mr Moran, The Athenaeum, Church Alley, Liverpool, L1 3DD. Tel: 0151 709 7770

Email:              Fax: 0151 709 0418