Our 2023 Writers' Award competition closed on Sunday 14 May 2023. The information below is for reference only. 

The theme for our 10th Awards is ‘X.’ Your work should respond to the theme, implicitly or explicitly, but we're looking for quality writing first and foremost. Read more about the theme here. It is a creative prompt, not a requirement. Send us your best work!


The deadline for entries is Sunday 14 May 2023 at 11:59 pm.

You can submit ONE piece of writing, up to and not exceeding the word limits (not including the title, section/stanza breaks, or epigraphs):

  • Poetry: maximum 50 lines
  • Fiction: maximum 2000 words
  • Creative Non-Fiction: maximum 2000 words

Please click here to read the full rules

The competition is only open to underrepresented writers in the UK 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.

The best way to get a sense of what we’re looking for is by purchasing a previous anthology here. For more about our new genre, creative non-fiction, please read our blog post here.

How To Enter

  • Online - 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 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 15 May 2023.

We cannot accept any entries without an entry form.

If you have any questions, get in touch on 01273 234780 (Tuesdays only) or [email protected].

We are a small part-time team and may not respond right away, but will do so as soon as we can.

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