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PsychLiverpool Writers Competition

‘Liverpool; The Psychology Of Us’


PsychLiverpool is a community of practice for psychology students across Merseyside. For the launch of our new website we have teamed up with the publishers Palgrave to offer students the chance to interview top psychologists and potentially have their work published.

The theme of your blog should be ‘The psychology of Liverpool’. Your piece should be a psychological perspective of Liverpool’s history, future, culture, politics and/or people.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity then enter our competition. There are a number of great prizes to be won!

Join our team

  • We’re looking for budding bloggers to join our team. You do not necessarily need experience blogging, just a passion for writing about Liverpool.
  • The top three entries are guaranteed a provisional position on The PsychLiverpool Team and their submissions will be published on the PsychLiverpool site.
  • All entrants will however be considered for a place on the team and selected entries will be published.

The rules

  • To enter you must submit your blog along with a short bio via your student email account to Please whitelist* this email address (add it to your Safe Senders list).
  • The subject line of your email must be: ‘Writers Competition Submission‘.
  • Your blog should include a title and be a maximum of 750 words.
  • Writing style is important; remember that this is a blog not a scientific assignment so please keep your writing light.
*How to whitelist '' in Outlook Web App

Just follow these steps:

Options > See All Options > Block or Allow > Enter a sender or domain here (enter: ‘’) > Add > Save.


1st Prize

  • A free VIP Booth with a bottle of prosecco and a bottle of vodka at Bar Signature*, Liverpool on a Friday or Saturday evening.
  • The opportunity to have your blog writings published by working with the publishers Palgrave*.
  • You will be interviewing a top Palgrave psychology author and the President of the British Psychological Society.
  • The opportunity to receive help to prepare your blog for submission to Psych-Talk – the BPS Student Journal – and have it considered for formal publication.
  • A year’s free BPS membership.
  • A £50 book voucher and a certificate of achievement from the University of Liverpool.

2nd Prize

  • The opportunity to have your blog writings published by working with the publishers Palgrave*.
  • You will be interviewing a top Palgrave psychology author.
  • You will receive a copy of Prof Ben Ambridge’s new book ‘Are you smarter than a Chimpanzee’.
  • A £50 book voucher and a certificate of achievement from the University of Liverpool.

3rd Prize

  • A £50 book voucher and a certificate of achievement from the University of Liverpool.

Additional information

      • Submission deadline is Thursday 13th April Sunday 30th April and winners will be announced on 10th May 2017 (please keep an eye on your junk/spam emails folder).
      • Interviews will take place in summer 2017 via Skype or in London/Bristol and standard train ticket prices will be refunded by Palgrave publishing.
      • £50 book voucher is only redeemable at Palgrave publishing.
      • Provisional position on The PsychLiverpool Team is a trial period.

*Bar Signature is a stylish Liverpool bar located right next to the infamous Matthew Street in the heart of the city centre. Friday nights are ‘fresh and funky’ with the MOBO award-winning DJ Brian Norman who plays the very best in 90’s RnB and classic 90’s soulful tunes until 3am. On Saturday nights DJ Dave Seed will be playing the best club classics, 90’s RnB and the very best in chart music to take you into Sunday morning. Playing alongside Dave Seed is the Legendary Saxophonist, Dan Conner who will provide you with the unexpected soundtrack to your night.

*Palgrave Macmillan is a global academic publisher, serving learning and scholarship in higher education and the professional world.

Top psychologists are:

BRUCE HOOD is Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society at the University of Bristol, and has previously worked at Cambridge, University of London, MIT and Harvard. His diverse research interests include the origins of supernatural beliefs, face and gaze processing, and the neuroscience of development. In addition to his extensive media work, he has written three books for the general public (Supersense, 2009, The Self Illusion, 2012, and The Domesticated Brain, 2014), and he has co-authored the bestselling introductory textbook, Psychology. He is also the founder of

Professor CHRIS FRENCH is the founder of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths University. Professor French is widely recognised as a leading expert on the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences, cognition and emotion, and he is a frequent contributor to television and radio programmes like Equinox, All in the Mind and The One Show. Professor French is a former editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic Magazine, and is the co-author of Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience (2013).

PETER KINDERMAN is professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, and is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. He is currently the President of the British Psychological Society and has worked with the UK Department of Health, among other departments. His research interests are in psychological processes underpinning well-being and mental health, and in particular psychotic phenomena such as delusions and hallucinations. He has published widely on the role of psychological factors as mediators between biological, social and circumstantial factors in mental health and well-being. He is also interested in the application of such psychological science to public policy.

Terms and conditions – The PsychLiverpool Writers Competition is open to all students at universities in Merseyside. One entry per person will be judged.