Writing Games


Writing Games, a joint universities creative writing competition, lead by Jess Moriarty, University of Brighton

This anthology of creative writing by University of Sussex and University of Brighton staff and students, plus other local writers, is inspired by London 2012 themes, topics, issues and debates. Entries have been invited from all staff and students across the disciplines at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. With gold, silver and bronze prizes for the best entries, the book showcases 100 of our best Sussex writers.

Sport - in its broadest sense - will inspire the contents and the structure of the anthology and the book will have Olympic-themed sections, high-jumping experimental writing, sprinting micro-fictions and gymnastic displays of poetry for example.

In partnership with the University of Brighton’s University of the Third Age (U3A) Project, there will be a Creativity Workshop that will bring senior citizens and students together to collaborate on creative tasks and discussions that explore themes of ‘Olympics, Sport and Challenge’ and workshops with pupils from city schools. Outputs (poetry, drawing, life writing, collage) from the workshop will be entered into the judging process for the anthology. People over the age of 50 are often not included in events connected with the Olympics and this element of the project hopes to draw on their experiences and ideas and to give voice to an otherwise unrepresented group.  

The anthology will be artworked by students at the universities and sold at university bookshops and City Books, Hove.

See also news on the results of the event, won by the football themed short story, 'Almost Steven Gerrard', a moving story of a young Liverpool fan's challenge to understand a disintegrating family through his sporting hero-worship.