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Initiated by David Moroney, Cleopatra Goularas, and Marthe-Siobhán Hecke in 2020, the Department of English, American and Celtic Studies will organise a Writing Competition every semester. The winning pieces can be found and read here, the competition taking place during the winter term 2020/2021 will be announced here.

Writing Competition Winter Term 2020/2021

The next writing competition will take place this semester and you can find the flyer here!


We need your amazing stories, non-fiction pieces, and poems! We would like to invite students of the Department of English, American and Celtic Studies (Bachelor’s or Master’s) to take part in a competition in order to celebrate you and your writing!

Short stories and non-fiction pieces should not be longer than 6 pages (1,5 spacing, Times New Roman 12) and poems should not be longer than 2 pages altogether. Only one piece of writing per person. The winners will be chosen by members of staff (the three organizers + others) anonymously. There are no restrictions genre-wise, poems, your non-fiction pieces, and short stories could deal with everything from sci-fi to the ongoing pandemic. Please only put the title of your piece (not your name) on the PDF you are handing in and send to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] by midnight November 30th.

We’ll celebrate the winners on January 15th, 4pm and you will be asked before-hand whether you’d like to read your winning piece of creative writing yourself or if another person should do that for you. So please check your emails a few days before the event! The event will take place via Zoom and we will not be judging you if you are getting out your formal evening attire and some champagne for the occasion! ;-) We certainly will to celebrate your brilliance!

You can win Goethe & Schweitzer (former Witsch & Behrendt) vouchers: First prize: €30 (poetry, non-fiction pieces, and short stories respectively), second prize: €20, third prize: €10!

We are looking forward to your submissions!

Cleopatra Goularas, Marthe-Siobhán Hecke, David Moroney


During the Summer Term 2020 Writing Competition, we received 30 short stories and 15 poems -- due to the amount of brilliant pieces, we decided to have three poetry winners and five short story winners. The stories can be read here. We would also like to thank every single participant: your poem or short story was also great and we would love you to hand in something next time!


Short Stories:
1. - Closed Doors (Carla Große-Kreul)
2. - The Lives We Haven’t Lived (Gabriel Haase)
3. - The Special Day (Marie Kerschek)
3. - Familiar (Szymon Marcinkowski)
3. - Alien (Jasper Kaufhold)

- This is a Poem (Julia Mizerski)
- The song of their burning names (Paula Rosenthal)
- Writing Competition (Alessia Fiorello)


Thank you again for your participation!