This year's theme is How It Started. Your work should respond to the theme, implicitly or explicitly, but we're looking for quality writing first and foremost. The theme is a creative prompt, not a requirement. Send us your best work!

The best way to get a sense of what we’re looking for is by looking at previous winners’ work. You can do this by purchasing our previous anthologies here.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 22 May 2022 at 11:59 pm.

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 50 lines
* Fiction: maximum 2,000 words

Please click here to read the full rules


This competition is for underrepresented writers in the UK only, who are over 18 years old.
Please click here for the full eligibility criteria.

Please ensure you read the rules and eligibility criteria before submitting.

How To Enter

• Online - via the link below.


We are using Zealous as an entry platform and cannot offer technical support. If you have problems making an online entry, please contact or e-mail [email protected] You can also use one of the other methods of entry.

By e-mail - please download an entry form below and return it with your entry to [email protected].

By post - please download an entry form below and return it with your entry to:

Creative Future Writers' Award
Community Base
113 Queens Road
Brighton BN1 3XG

Postal entries must be received by Monday 23 May 2022.


Questions? Please contact us at [email protected] or 01273 234780.
Please note that we are mostly working from home and may not get back to you right away. Please contact us via e-mail if possible.

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