Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the award worth?

The UEA Early Forms Awards is worth £4,000, plus a bespoke package of support,which may include mentoring, learning opportunities and promotional platform, depending on the writer’s ambition and need.

Who is eligible for the award?

The Prize is free to enter and open to all writers who:

  • Live in England at time of application and until at least June 2021
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have not published a debut novel or full short story collection

Why not published?

The award is focused specifically on early career writers who have not yet achieved publishing success and shine a light on upcoming voices.

How are you defining ‘published’?

We define ‘published’ as having distributed a novel or short story collection for national or international sale, whether through traditional means or self-publishing (eg via Amazon). Writers who have already been published in these ways are not eligible for this fellowship.

Distributing your work on a blog, in small personal print-runs (eg to provide copies to family/friends) or via free-to-access platforms such as Medium or Wattpad does not count as having been ‘published’, for the purpose of this fellowship’s definitions. If you have taken these routes you can still apply, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

How do I apply?

See our submission guidelines for detail of how to submit for the award.

Who are the previous winners of the UEA New Forms Award?

This is a new award and 2020 is the first year to have an award winner.

Who are the judges?

The judges will be announced via this website in early 2020.

Can students at the University of East Anglia apply for this award?

Yes, current and former students of UEA can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria. The judging process has been designed to be anonymous, to ensure impartiality from the judges during all stages.

Who are the National Centre for Writing and why do they have an award?

The National Centre for Writing (NCW) celebrates and explores the artistic and social power of creative writing and literary translation. With an on-going programme of innovative collaborations NCW engages writers, literary translators and readers, in person and online, through projects that support new voices and new stories, and respond to the rapidly changing world of writing. NCW is based at the historic Dragon Hall in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, delivering programmes on local, regional, national and international platforms.

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