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

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. Entrants must be 18 years of age or over.

How To Enter

  • Online - via the link below.  Please note that we are using Zealous as an entry platform and cannot offer technical support.  If you have problems making an online entry, please contact http://help.zealous.co/ or e-mail [email protected]. You can also use one of the other methods of entry.
  • By post - please download an entry form below, complete it and return it with your entry to:

Creative Future Writers' Award

Community Base

113 Queens Road

Brighton BN1 3XG

  • By e-mail - please download an entry form below, complete it and return it with your entry to [email protected].
  • In person - PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19.  WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT ENTRIES IN PERSON AT THIS TIME.

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