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Creative Futures Literary Awards


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Showcasing Writers at the Margin

According to a recent report by Spread The Word, a staggering 97% of literary agents think the publishing world was ‘a little diverse’ or ‘not diverse at all’'. In direct response to the lack of diversity in literature, Brighton-based charity Creative Future are aiming to change the face of publishing by once again running the Creative Future Literary Awards (CLFAs) – the UK’s first and only writing competition aimed specifically at talented writers from marginalised  backgrounds.
Winners of the competition, which opens 14th March, will receive cash prizes totalling £1000 as well as high-quality professional development opportunities with nationally recognised literature organisations like The Literary Consultancy and New Writing South.
The CFLAs seek to support talented writers who have lacked opportunity due to mental health, disability, or other social circumstances to receive the vital showcasing opportunities and professional mentoring they need to break into the mainstream.

Prizes will be awarded in both poetry and short fiction, but submissions must respond to this year’s competition theme ‘A Sea Change.’ The theme, inspired by a quote from The Tempest, was chosen to honour the fact that 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
Winners will be chosen by a panel of experts including the Award’s patron, award-winning poet and playwright Lemn Sissay.

Sissay, who has received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature and was recently elected the next Chancellor for the University of Manchester, has supported the Awards since their inception in 2013. He says ‘Creativity thrives where it is most needed.  This is why I support the Creative Future Literary Awards.'
The awards have also received endorsements from a number of leading literary figures, including Stephen Fry, Maggie Gee, Patrick Gale and Dean Atta.

Winning one of the awards can have a big impact on people’s lives. Award winner Moray Sanders, a carer who had never previously entered a writing competition, says ‘Winning has been amazing.  It’s had a huge impact on my overall confidence in writing and the prizes are stunning. I’ve been able to access more courses both in writing and performing, and to be offered one to one mentoring is invaluable.’ Sanders is currently in receipt of a 9 month professional mentorship with award-winning, best-selling author Vanessa Gebbie.

A short online video which gives an overview of the Awards can be found here: Creative Futures video

 

Full details of the award and how to enter can be found on the Creative Futures Literary Awards website

This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf