Richard Hillary Prize Winners 2023 Announced

23 May 2023

Trinity undergraduate Alexander Schweich and postgraduate Patrick Hegarty Morrish have shared first prize in this year's Richard Hillary Prize for creative writing, for the short stories To Build a House of Cards and Visiting Home, respectively. This is the second year in a row Alexander Schweich has jointly won the prize.

The annual competition was established in memory of the late Richard Hillary, former member of Trinity College and author of The Last Enemy, which was a bestseller after the Second World War.

The Hillary Prize, worth £500, is awarded for the best piece of creative writing by a Trinity student. This year's competition was judged by Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, Wolfson College, Dr Kantik Ghosh and Dr Stefano-Maria Evangelista, Fellows in English at Trinity College.

On winning the prize, Patrick Hegarty Morrish says: ‘I’m very grateful to Trinity and the Judges for this unexpected but very welcome news. And many thanks (of course) to my parents for their proofreading.’  Alex Schweich adds: ‘I am once again incredibly honoured to have been selected as a winner of this amazing competition. I hope as many people as possible get the chance to read and enjoy my story!’

Both winning stories are available to read below.

Read 'To Build a House of Cards' by Alexander Schweich

Read 'Visiting Home' by Patrick Hegarty Morrish