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

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 our patron Lemn Sissay and our guest writer Kit de Waal. The anthology will be produced by Just Content & Kingston University Press and distributed by the latter. Award winners will be invited to read their work at the high profile showcase event alongside host Lemn Sissay and our guest writer. All award winners will receive on-going support, advice and signposting from Creative Future.


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


  • £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 mentoring via phone, email, or Skype. Award winners outside of the regions 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.


Creative Future Literary Awards

Creative Future Literary Awards