The Awards offer writer development prizes to under-represented UK writers
The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Tomorrow’. The Awards are given for writing by unpublished, under-represented writers in the UK whose opportunities as a writer are limited for reasons including but not limited to having physical and/or mental health issues, substance abuse issues, homelessness, unemployment, age, or coming from and LGBTQ+ or BMER/Traveller community. All writers entering the competition are asked to state how they are under-represented.
Prizes are awarded in poetry and prose categories. Platinum winners get £75, a Chapter and Verse mentorship, a TLC manuscript assessment, a Faber Writing a Novel course or an online masterclass with The Poetry Society and a consultation with Myriad Editions (prose) or Out-Spoken Press (poetry). Gold winners get £50, a TLC manuscript assessment, an online writing course from Curtis Brown Creative (prose) or The Poetry School (poetry) and a subscription to Mslexia. Silver winners get £25, a Free Reads TLC manuscript assessment via New Writing South and a copy of Mslexia’s Indie Press Guide.
Writers may enter one piece of work in each category. Fiction should be up to 2,000 words and poetry not longer than 42 lines.
Entry is free.
The closing date is 31 May.
For full details see the website.
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