Welcome to The Student Wordsmith: an online writing and publishing platform for budding creatives, set up by emerging poet and Creative Writing tutor, Sophie-Louise Hyde, in April 2013.

If you are a creative writer, artist, photographer, designer or typographer, The Student Wordsmith is the place to have your work noticed.



Back Our Writer, Ellie, and My Mr Keats on Unbound!

Previous winner of our ‘You is for University’ competition (2015) and Student Wordsmith writer Eleanor Pilcher needs your help.

Since collaborating with us throughout 2015-16, Ellie has been hard at work on a new novel, My Mr Keats, which she is hoping to publish thanks to the help of crowdfunding platform, Unbound.

A tender story of abandonment and gain, great love and familial friendship, My Mr Keats is historical young adult fiction about a young girl who befriends a dying boy in the attic.

You can read an excerpt of My Mr Keats online and opt to back the novel in exchange for any one of nine levels of rewards.

To find out more and back Ellie’s book, click here.




Elouise Makes Competition: Overall Winner Announced!

This competition is now closed.

We’re pleased to announce that all entrants have now been notified and that the Overall Winner of our Mouse Stories competition is:


Fay is an emerging student writer, who specialises in poetry and fiction. She is currently based in the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University and is working hard to complete the final year of her undergraduate degree.

We’d like to congratulate Fay on her win and wish her the best of luck as the new writer at Elouise Makes.

Rosie, founder of the jewellery makers, had this to say about Fay’s entry:

“For me, this story is the clear winner. I loved the beginning and the end, and everything in between. I really enjoyed reading about Edie trying to tread in the sea of rolling peas, and the orange life-ring. This story is optimistic and symbolises that ‘help is coming’ as it turns dreams into reality for the mice in the story. It’s tone is spot on and it focused on everything I had hoped it would! Plus, it has a great title. I really like how Edie plays a central role in this story.”