2013 Rules

Please read all the rules before submitting your work. They may not be the greatest work of literature but you must follow them if you want a chance of winning…


1.           The competition opens on 10th April 2013 and closes at midday (GMT) on 16th June 2013. Any work submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.

2.           Poems should not exceed 200 words. Flash fiction should not exceed 300 words.

3.           The poetry competition is open to marginalized writers of any nationality writing in English. The theme is ‘The spark’.

4.           All entries must be typed in a minimum of 12pt and be double spaced.

5.           For a definition of marginalized please see the competition eligibility criteria

6.           Award winners will be notified they have won a prize in the week beginning the 15th July

7.           All award winners must be available for the prize giving ceremony at the Small Wonder Festival on Friday 27th September 2013 between 3-7pm. Exceptions will be made for those in prison or those too ill to attend. The top ten award winners will have a chance to perform their work and if they are unable to attend others will perform their work for them. Without this it would not be possible to have an award ceremony which is important for publicizing this competition and for the benefit of all participants.

8.           Entrants must be 16 years of age or over.

9.           You can enter by post or email. All entries MUST be accompanied by an entry form.

10.       Please do not put your name on your work. All judging is done anonymously. Work with names on them will be disqualified. Your name will be on the entry form along with your contact details

11.       You can enter as many times as you like. One poem/story per entry. Each entry must be accompanied by the £5 entry fee. We have an entry fee as we feel it is important for people to value their writing and paying a small fee shows that you are serious about your writing. We are also a very small charity and need the entry fees to cover the costs of the awards. However, in special circumstances we will waive the entry fee for those who are not on benefits and have no income or who are prisoners as we wish to make this competition as accessible as possible. Please state your circumstances if you wish to be considered for free entry.

12.       Submissions cannot be altered after entry.

13.       The twenty winning pieces must be available for the anthology and, therefore, must not have been published previously in any form. If you enter your work into another competition and you win, please notify us and withdraw your submission. Where work is withdrawn, entry fees will not be refunded.

14.       Copyright returns to the author one year after publication. Entrants are deemed to grant us exclusive worldwide licence over each entry submitted for one year after publication, and for publicity purposes thereafter. Selected pieces may appear in electronic format on Creative Future websites, or in other electronic forms.

15.       Entries will not be returned.

16.       If you pay the £15 critiquing fee a photocopy of your work and the critique will be sent to you by post or email.

17.       The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

18.       We reserve the right to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these Rules.

19.        No employees of Creative Future or New Writing South or the Centre for Continuing Education can enter the competition.

20.       We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition.

21.       We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. 

22.        The Creative Future Literary competition and Rules will be governed by English Law and any dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

23.       We reserve the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. Any changes to the Rules will be posted on the Creative Future and Creative Future Literary Award website.

24.       We reserve the right to not award the first prize, and to cancel the publication of the anthology, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard for publication. In the unlikely event of the competition being cancelled, entry fees will be refunded.

25.       Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these Rules.




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