Since its inception in 2013 CFWA stays in regular contact with all 84 award winners–creating supportive, nurturing relationships that enable underrepresented writers to thrive, build on the confidence garnered as a result of their award, and develop their careers. Previous winners have gone on to secure publication and win notable competitions. This has included in just the past year alone:
- Jarred McGinnis (2013) will have his memoir published by Canongate in 2021.
- Cathy Bryant (2013) had her third collection published by Arachne Press
- Des Mannay (2015) had his first collection published by Waterloo Press
- Owen Lowery (2016) was Guest Artist at the Dada Festival
- Gareth Strachan (2016) sold audio rights to his MA thesis dissertation script
- Romalyn Ante (2016 & 2017) had her debut collection published by Chatto & Windus. It was a National Poetry Day recommended read and Observer Poetry Book of the Month.
- Pauline Walker (2017) was showcased by TLC in January 2020
- Day Mattar (2017) founded Liverpool’s Queer Poetry Collective and was commissioned by BBC Merseyside radio
- Elizabeth Ridout (2017) was selected for Spotlight Books, a joint publishing opportunity from Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South. Her book was shortlisted for the 2020 Poetry Book Awards.
- Megan Holland (2017) won 2nd prize in the Hinterland Prize
- Jade Cuttle (2018) is teaching for Poetry School
- Anita Goveas (2018) had her first flash fiction collection, Families and Other Disasters, published by Reflex Press
- Natalie Linh Bolderston (2018) was a runner-up in the 2019 BBC Proms Poetry Competition, 3rd place in the 2020 National Poetry Competition, and won the 2020 Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award for her collection.
- Kirsty Capes (2018) will have her debut book published by Orion in 2021
- Lisette Auton (2018) contributing to the Puffin Book of Big Dreams, securing a place on the Creative Leadership Scheme, commissioned by New Writing North’s New Visions of the North East, Durham Book Festival and National Poetry Day
- Sadie Nott (2018) was shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Short Story Prize
- Susan Downer was shortlisted for the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
- Iqbal Hussain acquired an agent for his novel
- Sallyanne Rock was published by Algebra of Owls and Anthropocene Poetry
- Natalia Theodoridou was shortlisted for the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize
- Sally Davis had a monologue performed by Founding Fall Theatre
- Michelle Perkins was awarded the inaugural Laura Kinsella Fellowship by the National Centre for Writing
- Kitty Donnelly published her first collection with Indigo Dreams, and was selected by Carol Ann Duffy for a poetry project responding to the pandemic.