FREE to enter Writing Competition for Under-represented Writers

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FREE to enter Writing Competition for Under-represented Writers

The UK’s only national competition for all under-represented writers opened on 3rd April 2018 and features over £7,500 in cash and writer development prizes.

Winners receive a share of £7,500 worth of prizes, both cash, and development prizes from leading literature organisations including The Literary Consultancy, Penguin Random House Writers’ Academy, The Poetry School and Penned in the Margins. Winners will also appear in an anthology alongside work by poet Lemn Sissay and multi award-winning guest author, Kerry Hudson. All winners will be invited to a high-profile showcase event as part of the London Literature Festival in October.

The awards are open to all writers whose stories are under-represented in mainstream publishing including those with mental health issues, physical/learning disabilities, neurodiversity, BMER, LGBTQ+ or over 65, as well as those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation, carers, care-leavers, offenders/ex-offenders or survivors of abuse.

The theme of the awards this year is ‘Chemistry’. Poetry (up to 200 words) and short fiction (up to 1,000 words) should be submitted before the deadline of noon on Monday 18th June 2018.

Writers can submit via the website ( post, or in person. Application forms can be downloaded via the website, by calling 01273 234 780 or via our office at Creative Future, Community Base, 113 Queens Rd, Brighton, BN1 3XG. There is no entry fee. Full rules can be found on the entry form.


Laura, thank you so much for posting this link. I hope it inspires many of our writers to enter