Caroline Boddy Writing Prize

Award Details

“Promoting the understanding of the role of women in society throughout history”

The Caroline Boddy Writing Prize (£500) was created at St John’s College to promote inclusivity and diversity.

St John’s alumna Caroline Boddy, who studied Modern Languages at St John’s, donated the fund for the prize.

Undergraduates and graduate students of St John's College are now invited to submit a piece, such as a poem, essay, or other academic work, which relates to the theme “Promoting the understanding of the role of women in society throughout history”.

Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. Work that has been marked or a dissertation can be submitted, but if it exceeds 6,000 words, the marks received and an abstract of no more than 1,000 words should be provided. 

Students who have previously written pieces relevant to the theme but in other contexts, can submit them for the Caroline Boddy Writing Prize competition. The remit will be interpreted broadly and any piece of writing which promotes our understanding of the role of women throughout history will be considered.  The successful submission will be shared with the donor of the prize.



The deadline for submissions is 09:00 on Friday 3 May 2024 and should be sent to All submissions must include a completed cover sheet