Creative Future Writers’ Award Showcase: Live Stream
The livestream of the tenth Creative Future Writers’ Award showcase of underrepresented writers, hosted by Wayne Holloway-Smith and Nina Mingya Powles.
The Creative Future Writers’ Award is a development programme for talented writers from a wealth of backgrounds. It includes the UK’s only national writing competition for all underrepresented writers, alongside workshops online and across the UK.
This year’s competition invited entries from poets, short story and creative non-fiction writers on the theme of ‘X,’ for the Awards’ tenth anniversary.
Twelve writers were selected by poet Wayne Holloway-Smith and poet/essayist Nina Mingya Powles, alongside judges Jennifer Kerslake from Curtis Brown Creative, Joey Connolly at Faber Academy, Maryam Hessavi from Poetry School and Aki Schilz from The Literary Consultancy.
The winners receive £20,000 in cash and development prizes from leading literary partners, long-term support, and publication in an anthology which debuts at the event.
At this event, the winning writers read their work alongside the hosts and CF’s 2023 Regional Writers In Residence – an exciting showcase of new and emerging voices.
Presented in partnership with Creative Future
Need to know
For ages 16+
Dates & times
- Standard entryFree
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines). There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.
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An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.
A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.
The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.
The Queen Elizabeth Hall cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the Queen Elizabeth Hall, so please leave large bags at home.
Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site.
For step-free access from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating (excluding rows A to C) and wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls, plus Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room, please use the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.
To reach this entrance, enter the Royal Festival Hall via the Southbank Centre Square Doors. Take the JCB Glass Lift to Level 2 and exit to the Riverside Terrace. Turn right to find the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.
You can also use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square to reach Mandela Walk, Level 2.
For access to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating rows A to C and wheelchair spaces in the Front Stalls, please enter via the Artists' Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).
Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.
Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.
This event can be viewed live on YouTube, and will be made available at the same time as the in-person event. Make sure you bookmark this page.