streetcake experimental writing prize

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Closed from 14 June 2019. The streetcake experimental writing prize will be one of the first of its kind, aimed at young people (18-26 years old) who are residents in the UK, who are creating writing that extends the possibilities and boundaries of the contemporary literature mold. We want to recognise and develop writers in this age band, who will shape the future of experimental writing and bring new ideas to the genre.

Some things we love are new forms of short fiction and poetry, unconventional ideas, funny and dark content, imaginative presentations, concrete and asemic writing, strong imagery, and much more!  Please read some of what streetcake has published to give you an idea of what we mean by ‘experimental’ as this will give you a better chance of being successful! 

The submission period will be open from March 4th 2019 and close on 14th June 2019.

There will be two age bands (18-21 and 22-26) in each category of short fiction and poetry, which means there will be four overall first place winners. We will also award a second and third place winner in each category.

The first place winners will receive six personalised mentoring sessions from our dedicated and experienced judges. Other prizes include personalised feedback from the streetcake editors and book bundles. ​All wining entrants will also be published online and in a hardcopy anthology, as well as being invited to attend a winners’ event later in 2019.

The entry fee starts at £1 for one entry (£1.75 for 2 poems / stories and £2.25 for 3 poems).

Each entrant can enter up to 2 pieces of fiction and 3 poems. You can only enter once in each category. Entrants must be UK residents (but not necessarily UK nationals).