Our 2020 annual creative writing competition - the Creative Future Writers' Award - is now open.

This year's theme is Tomorrow. Your work should respond to the theme, implicitly or explicitly, but we're looking for quality writing first and foremost.

Applications are open from Monday 13 January until Sunday 31 May 2020 at 11.59pm.

You can submit ONE piece of writing in one category (poetry or fiction) or ONE in each category (you'll need to make two submissions on Zealous), up to and not exceeding the word limits per category:
* Poetry: maximum 42 lines
* Fiction: maximum 2,000 words

In 2020, we're trying out a new online platform for entries through Zealous. You can apply:

  • online via the link below
  • by post
  • in person

Before you apply, it’s very important that you check our rules and that you’re eligible. We aim to make it as easy as possible to submit work to this competition.

If you choose to apply by post or in person, you will need to download an entry form below. Please ensure your read the rules and eligibility criteria before submitting.

This competition is for under-represented writers in the UK only. This includes people who feel their opportunities are limited as a result of: having a mental health issue; having a physical disability; having a long-term limiting illness; having a learning disability/ASD/ADHD; having a sensory impairment; having a substance misuse issue; being homeless or in temporary accommodation; being a survivor; being a care leaver; being long term unemployed; being a carer; being an offender or ex-offender; being part of the BMER/Traveller community; being part of the LGBTQ+ community; being an older person (65+)

All competition entrants will have to state how they are under-represented on the competition entry form before being accepted as a valid competition entrant. This is a funder requirement. Entrants must be 18 years of age or over.

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