About The Student Wordsmith

Welcome to The Student Wordsmith: the home of online writing and publishing presence for budding creatives, set up by emerging writer and Creative Writing tutor, Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde, in April 2013.

Since launching the website, we have successfully achieved goals we weren’t even sure were possible, and, thanks to all those involved in our writing community, The Student Wordsmith continues to help students, graduates, writers and illustrators in the following ways:


We’ve successfully hosted over 10 National competitions, including ‘You is for University’ (2013; 2015), our Design-A-Centrepiece competition (2016), and our online Poetry Slam competition (February 2016).

We launched our first Creative Writing journal in January 2015. Since then, The Purple Breakfast Review has had over 80 contributors selected for publication in its first four issues: ‘Beginnings’, ‘Technology vs Nature’, ‘People’ and ‘Echoes’.

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We’ve published three University guidebook anthologies as part of our ‘You is for University’ competitions. You is for University (published in 2014; 2015) is a creative collection written by students and graduates. The content ranges from stories about friendships to poems about finances; the ideal gift for anyone planning on heading to University in September!

We’ve seen over 21 students and recent graduates walk through our doors for internships and shorter periods of work experience. Wanting to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in the Writing and Publishing industry, our team members work in all capacities ranging from Editors to Marketing and Communications, Publications and Events Coordinators!


We became an Award-Winning Organisation! That’s right, The Student Wordsmith has been named as the winner of four awards in a number of business competitions here in Loughborough. Recognised by the Sir Thomas White Business Loan Charity for our creative endeavours, we decided it was our turn to reward our contributors with the first-ever Student Wordsmith Awards Night in April 2016, which celebrated those who have added to the platform’s success!

For more information or for press and media enquiries, please contact: enquiries@thestudentwordsmith.com.