Creative writing competition: The Spread the Word 2021 Life Writing Prize

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The winner will receove £1,500 in the competition for unrepresented writers who have yet to publish a full-length work

In addition to the £1,500 first prize, the winner will receive an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years' membership of the Royal Society of Literature and an optional development meeting with an agent or editor. Two runners up will each receive £500, a writing mentor and an optional agent or editor meeting. The top twelve will be published online and in a booklet. Thi syear's judges are Damien Barr, Catherine Cho and Frances Wilson.

The competition is for original, unpublished life writing up to 5,000 words. Entries may be a standalone piece or an extract from a longer piece. All entries must be based in the author's personal experience, and must not be fiction.

Writers entering the 2021 Spread the Word Life Writing Prize must be unagented and based in the UK. They must not have published a full length work or had a full-length work performed. Self-published writers are eligible to enter.

Entry is free.

The closing date is 1 February.

For full details see the website.