Student Prize

Entries to the competition are currently closed.

In 2022 we launched our inauugral Student Prize for all UK medicine & dentistry students and Foundation Year doctors to present a piece of writing in any form under 1000 words on the subject of ‘LGBTQ+ Healthcare’. The competition gave participants the opportunity to explore an area of healthcare that is often neglected in medical school curricula and present their findings to a panel of high-profile judges in a way that promotes creativity and originality in their work. We hope members and allies were excited by this and aim for it to become an annual competition. The top entrants’ work will be published on the GLADD website and circulated to our members, and we also hope to publish the winning piece in a prestigious journal. Congratulations to our 2022 winners, we were delighted to receive such high quality submissions!

Prizes were awarded by our judging panel, made up of GLADD committee members and special judges Jacqueline Wilson and Adam Kay.



Jaqueline Wilson

Dame Jacqueline Wilson is a long-standing successful British author. Her best known works include the critically acclaimed and nationally loved Tracy Beaker series, which was adapted into a hit BBC TV series. Her works have earned her prestigious awards, such as the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and nominations for a Whitbread award and Carnegie Medal. She was awarded an OBE in 2002 and made a Dame in 2008 for her services to children’s literacy. In 2020, coinciding with her 111th novel featuring a lesbian relationship, Jacqueline announced publicly that she has been happily living in a same-sex relationship with Trish for 18 years.

Adam Kay

Image courtesy of Charlie Clift
Adam Kay is a British author, comedian and former doctor. He studied at Imperial College London, graduating in 2004, and worked as a registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before leaving medicine to pursue a career in literature. His first book This Is Going To Hurt was a number one bestseller in the UK for over a year and has been adapted into a critically acclaimed BBC TV series. Kay is openly gay and married to James, a television producer.



1st place: £500 cash prize & consideration for publication
2nd prize: £75 cash prize
3rd prize: £25 cash prize

All prize winners will receive free 2-year GLADD membership and free admission to one GLADD social event. We may also award free one-year GLADD memberships as a commendation to up to three other submissions that are considered to be of merit.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Participant guidelines
  • The competition is open to all medical & dental students attending UK universities and Foundation Year doctors, or pre-registration equivalent positions. You do not have to be a GLADD member to enter.
  • Non-members who enter will receive 6 months free GLADD membership.
  • Entries can be of any length up to a maximum word count of 1000 words (excluding footnotes, references, additional/explanatory material if used).
  • The style and tone can be any; for example serious, frivolous, dark, joyful, dangerous or humorous. The substance of your piece should refer to the theme (however loosely).
  • Please use Times New Roman size 10 with 1.5 line spacing for the main body.
  • If you use references please use Vancouver style.
  • See here for full Terms & Conditions of entry.

Entries are currently closed.