The 2018 competition is now open, full details below
2018 Competition Now Open
our #CFLA18 Host, Lemn Sissay, and Guest Author, Kerry Hudson
thrilled to announce that the incredible Lemn Sissay will once
again host the CFLA18 awards ceremony at the iconic Southbank
Centre. And we’re super-delighted to have award-winning author
Kerry Hudson as our guest writer.
Sissay is this year’s host
Lemn Sissay MBE is a poet, playwright and occasional
broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was the
first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. His
Landmark Poems can be found in public spaces from The Royal
Festival Hall in London to The British Council Offices in Addis
Ababa. Lemn was official poet for The FA Cup 2015 and
his Desert Island Discs was pick of the year for BBC Radio 4
2015. Lemn is Chancellor of The University of Manchester,
Patron of The Letterbox Club, Canterbury’s Poet Laureate and
Trustee of The Foundling Museum and Manchester International
Hudson is this year’s guest author
Kerry was born in Aberdeen. Her
first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE
STOLE MY MA was published in 2012 and was the
winner of the Scottish First Book Award, shortlisted for the
Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award,
Green Carnation Prize, Author’s Club First Novel Prize and the
Polari First Book Award. Kerry’s second novel, THIRST, won France’s most
prestigious award for foreign fiction the Prix
Femina Étranger. She is currently working on a non-fiction
book, LOWBORN, and a series of columns for the Pool, which will
take her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her
own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today.
Kerry says: ‘Inclusivity
and the telling of stories that might otherwise not be heard are
two things which I believe passionately in. Speaking at The
Creative Future Literary Awards and being published alongside the
unique and talented winners will be a genuine honour.’
our 2018 competition judges
to enter annual competition is open. There
are over £7,500 worth of cash and writer development prizes up for
grabs with the award ceremony set to take place at the iconic
Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival.
are looking for broad interpretations of the theme – Chemistry – in
all genres of short fiction and poetry and we thought you might
like to meet them. They are: Lemn Sissay, superstar poet and
playwright; Aki Schilz, director and driving force behind The
Literary Consultancy, the country’s leading literary consultancy;
Candida Lacey, the power behind publisher Myriad Editions; Ali
Lewis, the director of the wonderful Poetry School and Pat Winslow,
award-winning poet and dynamic workshop leader. More information here.
to #CFLA17 winner Romalyn Ante and 2017 WIR Dean Atta!
Romalyn and Dean have made shortlists in the prestigious Saboteur Awards. Romalyn for her
debut pamphlet Rice & Rain in Best Poetry Pamphlet; Dean in the
Best Collaborative Work category for The Black Flamingo with Ben
Connors. Huge congratulations to them both.
down to the public to choose – so do consider voting. Voting closes on 9th May,
so there’s still time!
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