Creative Future Writers’ Award Showcase: Live Stream

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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

Age recommendation

For ages 16+

This event is also available to watch live.
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Dates & times

20 –⁠ 27 Oct 2023, from 7.30pm

Price

  • Standard entryFree


Venue

Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Watch online

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.