Creative writing competition: The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2020


06 March 2020
There are three categories, each with a £1,000 prize: fiction, poetry and life writing

Winners will be published in print and online, and will be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring. Shortlisted writers will be published online and may be offered Free Reads mentoring. The judges are Simon Prosser (fiction), Aida Edemariam (life writing) and Raymond Antrobus (poetry). The chair of judges in Kadija Sesay.

Writers entering the competition must not have published a book-length work in the category they are entering. Self-published writers may enter.

Enter original, unpublished work up to 3,000 words, or up to three poems.

The entry fee is £10 for a single entry in one category and £16 for a double entry.

The closing date is 1 June.

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For full details see the website.


Are you thinking of entering the life-writing category? Find out what you need to know about writing creative non-fiction here.