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School Prize

Owen MumfordThe festival hosts a school programme at The Marlborough School, Woodstock, sponsored by Owen Mumford Ltd and Oxford Brookes University.

The Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film and Music Non-Fiction Essay Prize
in association with Oxford Brookes University and sponsored by Blythe Campbell

The Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film and Music School Prize is a £500 non-fiction essay prize for pupils of The Marlborough School, Woodstock.

The subject of this year’s essay is rural England. The writer of the winning essay will receive £200, the runner-up £100 and third place £50.  The class of the winning writer will also get to choose books worth £150 for the school library.

The judges are Professor Simon Kövesi, head of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University, and Jarl Severn, managing director of Owen Mumford, Dominic Hare, chief executive of Blenheim Palace, and Dr Sally Bailey, a tutor in English at Balliol and St. Hugh’s colleges, Oxford.

The competition is open to pupils in years 7 to 12 at The Marlborough School, and pupils have to write a well-argued piece inspired by ‘rural England’.