Welcome to The Student Wordsmith: the home of online writing and publishing presence for budding creatives, set up by emerging writer Sophie-Louise Hyde.

If you are a writer of poetry, artist or photographer, or even into design and typography, then The Student Wordsmith is the place to have your work noticed.


The Purple Breakfast Review Issue 4: Selected Contributors Announced!

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The Student Wordsmith’s unique online journal, The Purple Breakfast Review presents an opportunity for aspiring writers, particularly students, graduates and young people, to showcase their incredible creative talents.

Themed around ‘Echoes’, the submission window for its fourth issue (and the final of 2015) closed on Friday 13th November 2015 and we had a record-breaking number of submissions!

We’re very pleased to announce that we have read through all of the submissions and chosen the writers and illustrators who will have their work featured in the fourth issue. To find out if your work will be featured, please view our full list of selected contributors.




Tickets Still Available for the You is for University Launch Party!

We were absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to read through all of the entries for the You is for University competition and it is with great pride that we can now invite you to join us in celebrating the talent and hard work all of our contributors!

Saturday 5th December 2015

7:00pm – 10:00pm

Nottingham Writers’ Studio,
25 Hockley,
Ng1 1FH
(in the heart of the Creative Quarter)

Ticket Price:
(inclusive of wine, drinks and snacks available throughout the evening)

At the party, as well having performances from special industry guests, we will be having entertainment throughout the evening – with our four top contributors performing readings of their work! The evening will also be a fantastic networking opportunity for writers and illustrators to be there and meet other guests from the industry!

All tickets are being sold on a first come first-come, first-serve basis.

Buy your Ticket Now!


The Growing Unease: NEW Journalism Competition Now Open!


The Student Wordsmith’s very first pamphlet of non-fiction articles and design, The Growing Unease, presents an opportunity for aspiring writers, budding illustrators, keen photographers, and general opinion-givers to have their work published!

 From opinion essay to immersive reportage, and even memoir, we’re keen to build a collection of the most original, thought-provoking articles and illustrations you can create!

To be considered, your article, illustration or photograph must conform to one of the following briefs:

The Future of Social Media

Church vs. State

Bread & Circuses

Beauty Ideals

Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 18th December 2015

Word limit = 2,000 words

Publication in our pamphlet and exciting prizes will be on offer for our winners!

Entry fee: £5 per submission (no limit to the number of submissions per individual)

Prior to making your submission, please pay your £5 entry fee on our online store.

Submission Guidelines can be found <<< here.

We look forward to receiving your entries! 


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Purchase your copy of The Purple Breakfast Review for only £5!

Issues 1, 2 and 3 of The Purple Breakfast Review landed in The Student Wordsmith office last week, and the very first copies have already been delivered to the lucky people who pre-ordered!

Since announcing earlier this year, that we would be taking all three issues to print, our designers and printers have been hard at work putting them together. Receiving the journals was a proud moment for us all and, we have to say, they are beautiful!

If you would like to see the talent and dedication of all of our writers and illustrators come to life, order one, two or all three of these beauties for just £5!


“It is smart, elegant and  allows the entries space to breathe so well done. I was especially struck by the prose poemUninvited Itch’ which lingered long, like its subject.” –  Wayne Carr (reader and contributor) on The Purple Breakfast Review.