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About the awards

The Creative Future Literary Awards (CFLA) is a national literary competition and high-profile awards ceremony that celebrates talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance.

Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts, including award-winning poet and performer Lemn Sissay.

Prizes include £1,000 of cash prizes and top writing development prizes supplied by The Literary ConsultancyPenguin Random House Writers’ AcademyThe Poetry School, Myriad Editions, Penned in the Margins & Creative Future.

Our high-profile award event features a selection of readings from the award winning submissions, as well as performances from Lemn Sissay and our guest author, Kit de Waal.

Winning submissions are also published in an anthology alongside work by our guest authors, available in hard copy and as an e-book.

The 2017 Literary Awards open on 7 March and close on 26 June, for flash fiction (300 words) and poetry (200 words) responding to the theme: ‘Important Nothings’.

For more information about eligibility and the submission process, find out How to Apply.

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Creative Future Literary Awards

Creative Future Literary Awards