2017 Winner of the Rosalind Laker Prize

2017 Winner of the Rosalind Laker Prize for Creative Writing

The Rosalind Laker Prize for Literature for 2017 was won by Jessica Ellis.

This was presented at a recent ceremony at The University of Reading by Rosalind’s daughter, Sue Keane, accompanied by Rosalind’s agent, Juliet Burton.

The photos show Sue addressing prize winner and parents and the second shows Jessica.

2016 Winner of the Rosalind Laker Prize

2016 winner of the Rosalind Laker Prize for Creative Writing

At a presentation at the University of Reading, this year’s prize was awarded to Luke Blaxland-Kay.

Luke Blaxland-Kay 2016 winner of the Rosalind Laker Prize for Creative Writing

Luke had written an innovative piece, ‘Four-Point Star’, for this competition which the judges rated very highly. Luke has a distinctive style and a gift for storytelling.  This is a name to look out for in future if he decides to turn to writing novels.

The prize was presented by Rosalind Laker’s daughter, Susan Keane. On this occasion she was joined by Juliet Burton, who was Rosalind’s agent for many years and they became great friends.

2015 Rosalind Laker Award

Unah Cader wins the 2015 Rosalind Laker Award for Creative Writing.

Unah Cader winner of the 2015 Rosalind Laker Award for Creative Writing

The 2015 winner of this award is a particularly charismatic student at The University of Reading. Unah has written a piece which is very modern and current. It is a modern take on traditional children’s stories and is both unexpected and, perhaps, for most readers of this website, a little challenging. Would Rosalind Laker have enjoyed them? We think so. Although a lover of all things historical, Rosalind kept very much up to date with everything that was happening in the Literary World. Unah is as innovative as her appearance and we wish her well for the future.

In presenting the prize Rosalind’s son, Paul Ovstedal, said that the prize continued Rosalind’s enthusiasm for helping new writers.

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First ‘Rosalind Laker Award’

Sarah Lienard wins the first “Rosalind Laker Award for Creative Writing”

At an award ceremony at The University of Reading (UK) on Wednesday July 7th, the first presentation of the Rosalind Laker Award for Creative Writing took place.

The prize was for the best piece of creative writing by a final year student of The University of Reading. Professor Peter Robinson, the Head of the Department of English Literature, commented that the winning piece of original work was outstanding and that Sarah Lienard was a deserving recipient. The prize was presented by Rosalind’s son, Paul Ovstedal. In a brief speech he referred to how much Rosalind had loved to help new writers and would have been delighted by the encouragement the prize will give future new writers.

The University of Reading has the Rosalind Archive comprising her articles, research material and books in a number of languages. The material can be available for visitors to the University and, when catalogued, will be searchable on the internet.