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Attention all Mary Immaculate Students who love English, History and Art!

Attention all Mary Immaculate Students who love English, History and Art!

Attention all Mary Immaculate Students who love English, History and Art!

The University of Greenwich are excited to announce the launch of our 'Trading Places' short-story and collage competition 2021!

This year we’ve got two ways for students to enter: they can either write a short story OR design a poster/collage inspired by the range of 19th century magazines and materials on our

The theme of the competition is 'What is Work?' At the University of Greenwich, we are fascinated by the origins of how we think about work, because by understanding our history we can imagine and perhaps work towards new ways of working. Many of our ideas about work originate with the Victorians and, while there is a great deal of academic research on ‘work,’ but there has been almost none on how our ideas about it were formulated and disseminated through the trade and professional press - genres of magazines that arose in the nineteenth century.

There are two age categories for the competition: one for ages 12-15 and one for ages 16-18. Both the short story and the poster/collage competition have three prizes to be won. That’s a total of 12 prizes in all!

  • 1st – £100 in vouchers
  • 2nd – £75 in vouchers
  • 3rd – £50 in vouchers

Full competition details are available on the and the University of Greenwich website. Professor Andrew King, who runs the BLT19 project, has made two videos on YouTube about the competition. The first is a short competition video with the basic details, and the second is a longer competition video which provides more detail about what type of short story and poster/collage we are looking for. Both can be found on the website. A flyer about the competition is also attached.

The videos are designed for teachers to share with students. We feel that the competition would make an interesting project: the non-fiction texts on our website will help students develop the skills required for GCSE English Literature. It would also be useful for Key Stage 3 History, helping with studies of the Industrial and Victorian Era.

I am pleased to announce that in response to teachers' requests we have extended the deadline for the short story and collage competition until Friday 23 July 2021. An updated competition leaflet is attached. So there's plenty of time for the students to get to work on their stories and collages! The 2020 competition winners' stories are available here if students want to get some ideas about what to write.

If you have any questions or need further guidance about the competition, please get in touch with us at

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