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Creative Future Writing Competition Open Now

Creative Future: 2021 Writers’ Award Competition is now open for entries 

Creative Future: 2021 Writers’ Award Competition is now open for entries 

The UK’s only national competition for all underrepresented writers is now open and features over £10,000 in cash and writer development prizes.

The award is open to all writers whose stories are underrepresented in mainstream publishing including those with mental health issues, physical/learning disabilities, neurodiversity, Black writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, as well as writers from working class backgrounds.

This year’s theme is Essential. Your work should respond to the theme, implicitly or explicitly, but we’re looking for quality writing first and foremost. The theme is a creative prompt, not a requirement.

The best way to get a sense of what we’re looking for is by looking at previous winners’ work. You can do this by purchasing our previous anthologies here.

Submissions are open until Sunday 6 June at 11.59pm.

You can submit ONE piece of writing in one category (poetry or fiction) or ONE in each category, up to and not exceeding the word limits per category:

  • Poetry: maximum 42 lines
  • Fiction: maximum 2,000 words

Please click here to read the full rules


This competition is for underrepresented writers in the UK only, 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.

How To Enter

Online here

Creative Future Writers’ Award
Community Base
113 Queens Road
Brighton BN1 3XG


Questions? Please contact us at or 01273

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