Unlike other writing competitions that offer a cash first prize and a book token for second place, we want to encourage the writing development of our winners.

In 2018 there were twelve prizes – half are for short fiction, the other half for poetry.

Joint prizes

All winners will be published in the award anthology alongside the Host (Lemn Sissay ), Guest Author Kerry Hudson , poet Pat Winslow and the Writer in Residence Sharon Duggal. The anthology will be produced by Just Content & Jellyfish, distributed by the latter. Award winners will be invited to read their work at the high profile showcase event alongside the Host and Guest Writer. All award winners will receive on-going support, advice and signposting from Creative Future, and will be invited to partake in our new Pitching Workshop and ‘Meet the Agents’ event.


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)



  • £100 Cash Prize
  • £100 of vouchers for courses with your local writing development agency or other literature organisation


Highly Commended


  • A copy of Creative Future’s ‘How to Pitch to an Agent’ Pathway Guide

No professional development prizes can be exchanged for cash. Award winners may need to conduct meetings or mentoring via phone, email, or Skype. Please note that prizes are subject to change as we develop award partnerships.


Creative Future Writers' Award

Creative Future Writers' Award