Creative writing award: The Barbellion Prize

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The new prize dedicated to work that furthers ill and disabled voices in writing will be awarded in 2021

The awarded work may be in any genre: fiction, memoir, biography, poetry, critical non-fiction. It may be traditionally or self published. It is named in honour of the diarist W. N. P. Barbellion, who wrote about living with multiple sclerosis before his death in 1919, and will be awarded for an author's presentation of life with a long-term chronic illness or disability. Authors who are not ill may enter works that articulate life with illness but authors who suffer from illness or disability will take priority in the expression of their experience and selection for the prize.

The prize money is £600.

To submit, works should be published this year.

The closing date is 31 October 2020.

For full details see the website.

 

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