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.

Individual prizes

Two prizes will be given at each level – one for poetry and one for prose.


  • £100 Cash Prize
  • AChapter 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)
  • Copy of Creative Future’s Pitching To Agents guide




Highly Commended


Joint prizes

All winners will be:

  • Publishedin the award anthology alongside the Host (Kerry Hudson), Guest Author (Mahsuda Snaith) and the Writer in Residence (TBD).
  • Invited to read their work at the high profile showcase eventalongside the Host and Guest Writer.
  • Invited to our Alternative Publishing Panel event
  • Be broadcast in our new podcast
  • Receive on-going support, advice and signposting from Creative Future

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