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2015 Literary Prize Winners!

The Franklin quote for the 2014 prize was If all Printers were determin’d not to print any thing till they were sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed. The winning entry was written by Hannah Pankow, a student at the University of Aberdeen. Second place was awarded to Sophia Bannert, an Architecture Assistant.

 

Hannah Pankow (left), first place winner, and Sophia Bannert (right), second place winner, recieve awards from House Director Dr. Márcia Balisciano at a reception held for the winners.

2014 Literary Prize Winners!

The Franklin quote for the 2014 prize was ““When the Well’s dry, we know the Worth of Water” The winning entry was written by Casey O'Brien, a graduate of University College, Oxford, in Modern Languages. Second place was awarded to Christopher Hyland, a MA History student from University College London.

First Place winner, Casey O'Brien, recieves prize from House Chairman John Studzinski

Second Place winner, Christopher Hyland reads an excerpt from his essay

2013 Literary Prize Winners!

The Franklin quote for the 2013 prize was “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” The winning entry was written by Robyn Marks, a student at King’s College London. Second place was awarded to Alison Wallace, a graduate from the University of Bristol.

The Literary Prize reception, celebrating the winning entries, took place at Benjamin Franklin House in February 2014.

House Chairman John Studzinski presents the first prize to 2013 winner Robyn Marks

Alison Wallce is recognised for her second prize win

 

2012 Literary Prize Winners!


The Franklin quote for the 2012 prize was “If you would persuade you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.” The winning entry was written by Daniel Marc Janes, currently working as a researcher for the BBC.  Second place was awarded to Harvey Daniell, a student from the London School of Economics.


The Literary Prize reception, celebrating the winning entries, was held at Benjamin Franklin House in January 2013.

Daniel Janes being presented with winning cheque

House Chairman John Studzinski presents the first prize to 2012 winner Daniel Marc Janes

Harvey Daniell

Harvey Daniell is recognised for his second prize win

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2011 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize Winners!

The Franklin quote in 2011 open for interpretation was “Light often arises from a collision of opinions, as fire from flint and steel.” The winning entry was written by Isher Sahota, a student at King’s College London.  Second place was awarded to Jessica Karlsen from Glasgow.

The Literary Prize reception, celebrating the winning entries, was held at Benjamin Franklin House in February 2012. 

Isher and John

House Chairman John Studzinski presents the first prize to 2011 winner Isher Sahota

Jessica and John

Jessica Karlsen is recognised for her second prize win

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2010 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize Winners!

The Franklin quote in 2010 was: “In politics, what can laws do without morals?” The winning entry was written by Otar Kakhidze, a student at Strathallan School, Scotland.  The second place entry was written by Oliver Cussen, a recent graduate from Oxford University.

The Literary Prize reception, celebrating the winning entries, was held at The Telegraph in March 2011.

John and Otar

House Chairman John Studzinski presents the first prize cheque to 2010 winner Otar Kakhidze

Oliver

Second place finisher Oliver Cussen reads from his essay

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2009 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize Winners!

In the 2009 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize, in association with The Telegraph, we challenged entrants to interpret this quote: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety". Entrants were asked to produce submissions of 1000-1500 words.

The winner of the £500 Young Writers category was Nicola Simpson; read the winning entry here.And the winner of the £1000 Professional Writers category was Heather Parker; read the winning entry here.

Heather Parker, Mr Parker and Lady Reid

Winner Heather Parker with her husband and Literary Prize Committee judge Lady Joan Reid

 

Nicola Simpson

Winner Nicola Simpson in Franklin's Parlour

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2008 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize Winners!

Anthony Casanova won the 2008 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize, while James Tanner was runner up. They answered the question 'What is ethical journalism'   Benjamin Franklin said the effects of the written word (delivered by press in his day – in ours by a variety of media) “are more extensive, more lasting.”  What are journalists’ responsibilities and why? Read their winning entries at media partner the Telegraph's website here.

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