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Trusting your voice and beyond: an interview with CFLA17 Platinum Poetry winner, Romalyn Ante

Before we pass you over to Romalyn, it’s worth mentioning that since she completed this interview, her debut pamphlet, Rice & Rain, has been shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards. Congratulations!  Q1: Can you tell us a little about your experience as a writer to date? My debut poetry pamphlet is Rice & Rain (V. Press, Read More »

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On dreaming… CFLA 17 Platinum Prose Winner Pauline Walker speaks

This is the first in a series of interviews with the CFLA 2017 award winners. Today, we begin with Pauline Walker who won the Platinum prize for her atmospheric flash fiction piece, The Wait. Pauline offers some sage advice and lets us in on what she’s been up to since walking away with the prize. Read More »

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Looking for inspiration for the Creative Future Literary Awards? Here are a few ideas on this year’s theme – ‘Chemistry’

Our theme emerged from the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein. It is the story of a young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unusual experiment. Chemistry is the study of the composition, behaviour and properties of matter, and of the elements of the earth and its Read More »

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Emma Robdale interviews Lennie Varvarides, founder of DYSPLA, and proud Dyslexic on DAO

2017 CFLA Gold Award winner Emma Robdale published another fascinating piece on the Disability Arts Online blog. This time Emma interviews Lennie Varvarides, founder of DYSPLA, and proud Dyslexic. She asks if Neurodiversity could be key to artistic success. Read Emma’s full article here.

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Why we still need the CFLA

Our competition opens today – the only national competition open to ALL under-represented writers and it’s free.  While increasing diversity in publishing is a hot issue, the need for the CFLA is as strong as ever. Why? Because it’s easy to think the literary world isn’t for you if you don’t see yourself represented on Read More »

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Emma Robdale CFLA Award Winner has blogged for Disability Arts Online

CFLA Winner Emma Robdale blogs for Disability Arts Online

Emma Robdale won our Gold award for her piece ‘Snail Abortion’ at our 2017 Creative Future Literary Awards. She’s recently attended an ‘autism awareness’ session and left rather bemused at the career prospects it lays out for her and other people on the spectrum. Check out Emma’s blog for Disability Arts Online – ‘Can Autism Read More »

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writing workshops from the Creative Future Literary Awards

Free Writing Workshops Now Open for Bookings

Alongside our national literary competition, Creative Future delivers a programme of creative writing workshops for under-represented writers  All our writing workshops are suitable for people who are new to creative writing as well as more experienced writers. Each of the writing workshops will include a number of practical exercises and group discussion, as well as Read More »

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Writing competition for under-represented writers. The image shows Internationally bestselling author, Kit De Waal at the 2017 CFLA Showcase.

Videos of the Award-Winning Entries at the 2017 Showcase Event

Each year we celebrate talented writers in the UK whose opportunities have been limited due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstances. In October 2017, the top twelve finalists for the 2017 Creative Future Literary Awards read their work alongside international best-selling author Kit De Waal, and poet & playwright, Sabrina Mahfouz at the iconic Read More »

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Writer In Residence opportunity with Creative Future

CFLA Writer in Residence Scheme Now Open for Applications

The Creative Future Literary Awards & New Writing South are accepting applications for a unique development opportunity for a talented under-represented poet or fiction writer. The six month paid residency at Preston Park Recovery Centre in Brighton offers time and space to write, the chance to work with vulnerable adults and support to develop your Read More »

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Writing competition for under-represented writers. The image shows Internationally bestselling author, Kit De Waal at the 2017 CFLA Showcase.

Kit De Waal On Diversity in Literature

“Take the pen, no one is going to give it to you. The Creative Future Literary Awards celebrates everyone who does that.” Kit De Waal Here’s the video of Kit De Waal’s inspiring speech on diversity in Literature at our 2017 awards ceremony View all our award winner videos here You can also see our Read More »

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Creative Future Literary Awards

Creative Future Literary Awards