Love Letter to Your Thesis Competition

The Love Letter to Your Thesis Competition is run annually in the run-up to Valentine's Day in February. PGRs submit letters (either poetry or prose) which explore the relationship with their thesis. All entries are considered for prizes in five categories by a panel of judges:

  • Most Romantic
  • Saddest
  • Most Inspiring
  • Most Bittersweet
  • Most Playful

Entries are judged on creativity, voice, reflection, adherence to topic and structure. They can be submitted anonymously if you prefer.


Why Take Part?

The competition allows PGRs to reflect on the ups and downs of a MRes/PhD. It also allows them to think creatively and express their feelings about their degree.



In 2022, the prizes were as follows:

First prize in each category - a £30 National Book Token

Runner up in each category - a £15 National Book Token

Participation prize - a "Love Letter"-themed card from the Researcher Development Team


2022 Awards

"Most Romantic" Winner Tracy Ward

"Most Romantic" Runner Up Isankhya Udani

"Saddest" Winner Paula Moláns

"Saddest" Runner Up Nicki Fairbairn

"Most Inspiring" Winner Mads Kristensen

"Most Inspiring" Runner Up Xin Li

"Most Bittersweet" Winner Navneet Jhariya

"Most Bittersweet" Runner Up Anonymous

"Most Playful" Winner Andrew Watson

"Most Playful" Runner Up Qian Jiang

You can read all the winning entries on the PGR Blog.


How Can I Enter?

More information about next year's competition will be posted in early 2023.