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.
The Prize is free to enter and open to all writers who:
The award is focused specifically on early career writers who have not yet achieved publishing success and shine a light on upcoming voices.
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.
This is a new award and 2020 is the first year to have an award winner.
The judges will be announced via this website in early 2020.
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.
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.