The Award is open to writers who are underrepresented. This includes people who feel their opportunities are limited as a result of:

  • mental health issues
  • Black, Asian, traveller, mixed heritage or another ethnic minority background
  • physical disability
  • long-term limiting illness
  • sensory impairment
  • learning disability/ASD/ADHD/dyslexia/dyspraxia
  • neurodivergent
  • working-class background
  • substance misuse issue
  • survivors

Please choose any and all categories which apply to you when entering. We ask that you self-identify under the above categories and do not ask that you prove your eligibility.

We champion people who are underrepresented in a range of ways, on the assumption that people will use their judgement about the barriers and issues they have faced. We have never been in a position of turning someone away as ‘not under-represented enough.’

Entrants must be 18 years of age or over.

Please also note that the competition is only open to UK citizens and residents:

  • I am a UK citizen living abroad – ELIGIBLE
  • I am a non-UK citizen living in the UK – ELIGIBLE
  • I am not a UK citizen nor living in the UK – INELIGIBLE

If you have any questions or concerns about whether you are eligible, feel free to give us a call on 01273 234 780 or by emailing [email protected]

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