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Enter for your chance to win a free MacBook Air!

Lit in Colour’s Creative Student Prize prompts young people to explore their relationship with books and reading by asking the question: what place do books have in your world?

You may be looking forward to a summer of reading, or you may not remember the last time you read a book outside of school. If you’re aged 14-18 and live in the UK or Republic of Ireland, we want to hear from you.

In partnership with Adobe, the ultimate prize is a free MacBook Air, complete with a year-long subscription to Adobe suite. Runners up will receive Beats by Dre headphones, and a Penguin audiobook package. Ten finalists will have their responses published on the Lit in Colour website.

How to apply

We're accepting submissions in a number of formats:

  • Essay (up to 800 words)
  • Short story (up to 800 words)
  • Poetry (up to 300 words)
  • Video or TikTok (between 15 seconds – 1 minute for TikTok and up to 3 minutes long if mp4 video file)
  • Illustration, photography or artwork (jpeg, png or PDF format)

We'll also ask you to write up a short synopsis to contextualise your application.

If you've read our top tips and are ready to apply, fill out our application form by Friday 17 September.

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