Win a signed copy of Michelle Obama’s The Light We Carry in our new writing competition, judged by her UK Editor

‘We become bolder in brightness. If you know your light, you know yourself. You know your own story in an honest way.’ Michelle Obama, The Light We Carry

The Access Project is partnering with Penguin Books to celebrate the publication of Michelle Obama’s new book The Light We Carry by launching a biography/memoir writing competition for our students.  In the book, Michelle Obama encourages young people to share their own stories, as she first did in her bestselling memoir, Becoming, and use the self-knowledge that comes from this reflection to find a path that leads to brightness.

Speaking earlier this year, Michelle Obama commented: ‘I know first-hand how nerve-wracking it can be to share the most intimate stories from your life with the world, but after publishing my memoir Becoming, I’ve learned that writing your own story can be a powerful tool. When we share the whole of ourselves, we offer others the opportunity to not only see us as we are, but maybe even think about themselves in a new way. This allows us to harness the things that set us apart and helps us see the world as the nuanced, messy, beautiful place that it is.’


Michelle Obama, The Light We Carry

The competition

Students are invited to write 500 words on ‘What’s your story and how have you learned to embrace it’.

A shortlist of 5 entries will win a box of books published by Penguin Random House, including copies of The Light We Carry and Becoming. The overall winner will win a rare signed copy of The Light We Carry alongside their box of books.

The prize will be judged by Daniel Crewe, Michelle Obama’s editor at Penguin Random House UK and Amelia Fairney, Communications Director of Penguin General Books.

How do you enter?

Students can enter this competition through their University Access Officer.

Good luck!