Writing stories using AI.

Creative writing prize breaks new ground with AI

29 January 2024

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The Cambridge Creative Writing Competition organised by the Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge Judge allowed AI (artificial intelligence) to be used for the first time.

The Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School announced the winners of the 2nd Cambridge Creative Writing Competition, which was the first time that artificial intelligence was used in the competition.

Each entrant was challenged to write 3 short stories in 40 minutes, sometimes alone and sometimes with the assistance of AI.

First Prize winner

  • Jess Thomas of Cambridgeshire

Second Prize winners

  • Liam Etheridge
  • Charlotte Crawley
  • Rachel Ngai
  • Nicholas Chan
  • Tommy Higgins/Jeremy Wang/Rachel Lindsay (sharing the last 2nd Prize)

AI allowed for first time due to its central role in future of work

Luning Sun, Research Director at the Psychometrics Centre image

We received an exceptionally large number of submissions, many of which showed a great level of originality and imagination. We decided to allow AI to be used in the competition for the first time because we expect AI to be an essential part of the future of work and have the potential of greatly enhancing human capabilities and creativity.

Luning Sun, Research Director at the Psychometrics Centre

The winner receives £500 and the runners-up each receive £100. The competition is supported by a Cambridge Judge Behavioural Small Research Grant.