Prize Partners

Bad Betty Press are award-winning independent publishers of new poetry, established in 2017 with the aim of showcasing exciting and risk-taking poetry, supporting poets’ artistic development and celebrating stories less often told. They publish award-winning books and produce live poetry events taking place across the UK.

Booksmiths are Alex Hourston and Rebecca Whitney, two friends and authors who run creative writing workshops and offer mentoring and editorial guidance at every stage of the writing process. Between them, they have published four novels and have two more in the pipeline, as well as writing short stories, features and short-form memoir. 2024 sees the continuation of their Winter Writing Series at Brighton’s Soho House. They have a passion for new writing and are committed to championing underrepresented voices.

Catherine Cho is a literary agent and founder of Paper Literary. After a background in law and public affairs, she began her publishing career at Folio Literary Management in New York. She moved to London and worked at Curtis Brown and Madeleine Milburn Agency before starting Paper Literary in Spring 2021. Catherine is the author of INFERNO: A MEMOIR OF MOTHERHOOD AND MADNESS which was shortlisted for the Sunday Times' Young Writer of the Year Award and a NYTimes' Editor's Choice.

Curtis Brown Creative run writing courses in London and online. It is the only writing school to be owned and run by a major literary and talent agency. Over 180 students have become commercially published authors, including Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Jane Harper (The Dry), Nicholas Searle (The Good Liar), Kirsty Capes (Careless) and Bonnie Garmus (Lessons in Chemistry). They frequently run free courses, scholarships and mentoring for under-represented writers through their Breakthrough Writers’ Programme.

Faber Academy writing courses bring together the best creative writing teachers on rigorous programmes to support you whatever stage of your writing journey you are on. With Faber’s 90 years of publishing expertise behind us, we know just what you need to create brilliant work to be proud of, and how to help you prepare for getting that work out into the world.

Clara Foster is a literary agent at Aevitas Creative Management, with previous experience across publishing in organisations such as HarperCollins, Creative Media Agency, and most recently The Blair Partnership. She decided to become an agent after seeing first-hand what the relationships between authors and publishers can look like without an agent in the mix, and is particularly keen to find and form partnerships with emerging talent—working from the ground up. Some of her favourite books include Luster by Raven Leilani, A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske, and Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell.

Jericho Writers are a global writing community who offer everything you need to write, edit and get your book published. From tutored video courses; in-person and online events; one-to-one mentoring; and expert editing services, to interviews with publishers, agents and authors – they’re with you for every word.

Established in 1996 as the first editorial consultancy of its kind, The Literary Consultancy  (TLC) offers a range of services for writers including manuscript assessment, mentoring, and literary events. TLC's services are available to all writers, at all stages of development, writing in English.

Mslexia is the best-selling literary magazine for women who write. Read by top authors and absolute beginners, Mslexia is a quarterly masterclass in the business and psychology of writing. It combines what’s new in creativity and publishing, expert advice and inspiration, debate and opinion, extraordinary poetry and prose, plus a unique directory of 60 competitions with closing dates pending and 60 editors and publishers on the lookout for fresh talent.

Poetry School is a national arts organisation providing inspiring tuition and opportunities for poets and poetry audiences. With established teaching centres throughout England as well as online courses, downloadable activities, and the world’s biggest social network dedicated to poetry – CAMPUS – Poetry School is unique in its ability to reach and develop aspiring poets wherever they are, both in the UK and internationally.

The Poetry Society, founded in 1909, is the UK’s leading organisation for poetry. With innovative education and commissioning programmes, and a packed calendar of performances, competitions, and digital projects, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. It has a thriving worldwide membership and publishes Britain’s leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review.

The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for more than 1200 writers, scriptwriters, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. They have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

Writers’ HQ runs affordable creative writing courses, retreats and workshops for kickass writers who just want to get the fuck on with it. Our mission is to change the world for the better by helping people tell the stories that matter.

The Writing Coach is an international mentoring and development organisation for writers, founded by novelist Jacqui Lofthouse. It was the first UK organisation to focus on a coaching-based approach for writers and now offers coaching, mentoring and manuscript assessment to writers at all stages of their careers. The Writing Coach also offers an online community for writers "The Literary Community" which includes weekly classes on mindset, craft and connection with readers and the industry.

Writing Magazine is the UK’s bestselling magazine for all writers. The monthly magazine is for every writer, from beginner to advanced, whether you write for pleasure or publication, and whatever your writing preferences, Writing Magazine has something to help you.

The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, part of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, has remained the authoritative resource for putting people in touch, writers and artists alike, with the publishing industry for over 100 years. was created in 2011 as a natural extension of the Yearbook. The site offers a completely free resource to writers and illustrators, providing guidance and advice on how to make progress with a project and get it published. Create an account for free and gain access to hundreds of expert advice articles and inspirational author interviews, a lively online community, events and editorial services for every stage of your creative journey. We offer varied writing competitions that are always free to enter and our short story competition and the Working-Class Writers’ Prize are yearly staples. We have a yearly bursary scheme and encourage all writers to apply for an event or editing service here.

Showcase & Anthology Partners

Southbank Centre is the largest arts centre in the UK and one of the nation's top visitor attractions. They seek out the world’s most exciting artists, from household names to fresh new talent, and give them space to showcase their best work. Now in its 15th edition, London Literature Festival is the longest-running literature festival in the city, setting prestigious authors alongside rising literary stars and cultural observers.

Studio 26 is a bespoke and highly experienced book creation service—offering editing, project management, proofreading, manuscript assessments, typesetting, and cover design to independent publishers and self-publishing authors.

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