Creative writing prizes: National Centre for Writing Early Career Awards


25 October 2021
The awards combine literary prizes with a year-round education programme for new writers

The National Centre for Writing's awards are intended to support early-career writers of any age.

There are three different awards:

The Desmond Elliot Prize is a £10,000 award for first-time novelists of literary fiction for adult readers. The 2022 prize is for novels written by writers from the Uk and Ireland and published in print between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022. Submissions close on 25 November.

• Early Career Awards offers one fiction writer at the beginning of their career whose work might have collaborative possibilites with other art forms a £4,000 prize and a bespoke period of development. To sbmit, send a fiction sample of 2,000 words and a supporting statement by the closing date of 15 November.

The Laura Kinsella Fellowship offers one early career writer who has not published a debut novel or short story collection a prize of £4,000 and a bespoke promotional and development programme. To submit, send a 2,000-word writing sample, an artistic statement (250 words) and a statement of intent (250 words) by the closing date of 15 November.

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