The James Tait Black Prizes
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Janet Coats Black prize

To mark the centenary of the prizes in 2019, and to honour the founder, the University presented an additional prize – a creative writing award for short story writing.

Janet Coats Black Prize Winner Julie Galante and Dr Lucinda Byatt
Janet Coats Black Prize Winner Julie Galante with Dr Lucinda Byatt

The prize was for the best short story by a matriculated postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh. The prize included a cheque for £1,500 and a half-day mentoring opportunity with the James Tait Black Prize fiction winner in 2018, Eley Williams.

The Janet Coats Black Prize was awarded to Julie Galante, a Creative Writing student.

The prize was presented by distant cousin of Janet Coats Black, Dr Lucinda Byatt. Dr Byatt is a teaching fellow at the Centre for Open Learning and a tutor in Italian and History at the University.   

Winning story

As 2019 marked the centenary of the James Tait Black Prize all short story submissions were asked be on the theme of ‘century’. This could be interpreted by the writer in any way.

Julie Galante's winning short story, Intrinsic Value, can be read below.