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 four categories by a panel of judges:

  • Most Romantic
  • Saddest
  • Most Inspiring
  • Most Bittersweet

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 you to reflect on the ups and downs of a MRes/PhD. It also allows you to think creatively and express your feelings about your degree, regardless of whether you are in your honeymoon phase or going through a rough patch!



In 2020, the prizes were as follows:

First prize in each category - a UofG notebook and mug

Runner up in each category - a UofG notebook

Participation prize - a Love Letter to Your Thesis badge


2021 Awards

"Most Romantic" Winner Abi Jenkins 

"Most Romantic" Runner Up Anonymous

"Saddest" Winner Bethany Waddington

"Saddest" Runner Up Anonymous

"Most Inspiring" Winner Alex Wilson

"Most Inspiring" Runner Up Emma Parsons

"Most Bittersweet" Winner Rob Rulach

"Most Bittersweet" Runner Up Marcus Ng Tze-Kiat

You can read all the winning entries from previous years on the PGR Blog.


How Can I Enter?

More information about the next competition will be posted in early 2022