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A writing competition showcasing the work of under-represented writers

Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £7,500 of cash & professional writing development prizes. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts. Alongside our competition, we hold a high profile awards ceremony. In 2018 this will be held at the Southbank Centre in London as part of London Literature Festival.

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Creative Future is doing crucial work. Awards like these can be the spotlights that direct the book business's notoriously unadventurous attention away from the status quo.
Patrick Gale, Novelist
Creative Future are a great outfit. As someone who started on the margins myself, the work they do supporting writers up against it is second to none. That's why I support CF Literary Awards.
John O'Donoghueauthor of 'Sectioned: A Life Interrupted', awarded Mind Book of the Year 2010
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 OBENovelist
Creativity thrives where it is most needed.  This is why I support the Creative Future Literary Awards.
Diversity in publishing is such an important issue and organisations like yours are invaluable in opening up doors to what can be a very closed industry.
Poetry gave me a space where I did not feel marginalised any more, whether I was writing about race, sexuality or mental health, I never felt I had to be anything other than my authentic self. Any platform that encourages this form of expression should be applauded and supported.
Because winners receive a mix of cash and professional development, the awards act as both a brilliant incentive to get writing and an opportunity to nurture and showcase marginalised talent.  
It brings great joy to me personally to know that there are places out there like Creative Future, providing those in need, with the right mentoring, training and the chance to publish and publicly exhibit their work.
Creative Future Literary Awards

Creative Future Literary Awards