The Return of the Creative Future Literary Awards

The unique national writing competition, specifically aimed at marginalised writers, is back. The Creative Future Literary Awards 2015 has the backing of top poet and playwright Lemn Sissay and bestselling author Maggie Gee.

‘Creativity belongs to everyone. Creativity helps people survive hard times. Creativity can’t be taken from us, but given encouragement, it grows. That’s why I’m supporting Creative Future Literary Awards.’ Maggie Gee, novelist

‘Creativity thrives where it is most needed. That is why I support the CF Literary  Awards.Lemn Sissay, poet and writer

Brighton-based charity Creative Future has launched its second national competition to discover the best writers who lack opportunities due to health or social circumstance. This includes: people who have a mental health issue, a physical disability, a substance misuse issue, those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation, refugees, survivors of abuse, the long term unemployed, people with a learning disability, carers, offenders or ex-offenders, travellers, members of the BME community, members of the LGBT community, or older people (65+).

The Creative Future Literary Awards showcase the work of the most talented marginalised writers and as such gives those who are the most vulnerable and socially excluded in our society the chance to have their voice heard and their talent recognised. We were overwhelmed by the variety and quality of work we received for the last awards and are greatly looking forward to reading the entries for this year’s competition, as well as the rolling out of our national programme of workshops (a first this year).’ Dominique De-Light, Director – Creative Future

This year’s theme is Impossible Things, inspired by a quote from Lewis Carroll whose classic novel: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2015.

How to enter the competition

  • Submissions are open from: 16 March to 15 June 2015
  • Applicants can submit up to one piece of writing in each category (poetry or fiction).
  • Poems should not exceed 200 words.
  • Short fiction should not exceed 300 words.
  • People can apply online, in person, or by post.

Please visit the CFLA website for full details:

About Creative Future

Creative Future exists to nurture marginalised artists/writers in their creative development, leading them to high quality professional creative practice. The organisation provides skills training, mentoring, exhibiting, promoting and publishing opportunities.
About our Prizes

Unlike other literary competitions that offer a big cash first prize and a book token for the second place we wanted to encourage writers’ development with our prizes and spread the love by rewarding more than just a few.

There are twelve prizes up for grabs – half are for short fiction, the other half for poetry.

Joint prizes
All winners will be published in the award anthology alongside Lemn Sissay (award event host) and our guest writer Maggie Gee. An anthology will be produced by Myriad Editions & Kingston University Press and distributed by the latter. Award winners’ work will be published on the Creative Future website. The top eight award winners will be invited to read their work at the high profile award ceremony alongside host Lemn Sissay and guest high profile writer/s. There will also be an option for Literary Award winners to share work on Disability Arts Online’s creative writing pages. Writers living in the South East will also be given a free annual membership to New Writing South, the regional writers’ development agency.
Individual prizes
Two prizes will be given at each level – one for poetry and one for prose. In addition to the joint prizes listed above, award winners at each level will receive:


  • £200 Cash Prize
  • A Chapter and Verse mentorship with a published author or professional editor and a manuscript assessment via The Literary Consultancy, plus the chance to attend a TLC Industry Day
  • A ‘meet the professional’ consultation with Tom Chivers, Director of Penned in the Margins (poetry) or Candida Lacey, Director of Myriad Editions (prose)
  • One-to-one coaching session with Creative Future



  • £100 Cash Prize
  • £100 of vouchers for courses with your local writing development agency


  • £50 Cash Prize
  • A voucher for a course with Creative Future

 Highly Commended

  • A voucher for a workshop with Creative Future


  • A voucher for a workshop with Creative Future

No professional development prizes can be exchanged for cash. Award winners outside of the region may need to conduct meetings or coaching sessions via phone, email, or Skype. Award winners outside of the region at the Bronze, Highly Commended, and Commended level may exchange their voucher for a one-to-one coaching session with Creative Future via Skype or phone.

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