The UEA New Forms Award

Does your fiction communicate a story in new and innovative ways? The UEA New Forms Award seeks fiction that explores the boundaries of possibility. They are seeking fiction writers at the beginning of their careers whose work might:

  • Collaborate with other art-forms or in site specific/site responsive ways
  • Experiment with forms of performance or print
  • Challenge traditional form or experiment with theme, style, voice, structure or language
  • Inhabit a digital space through online collaboration, gaming, virtual or augmented realities or other virtual ecologies
  • University of East Anglia has a reputation for creative writing spanning half a century. In collaboration with National Centre for Writing this award exists to champion bold innovation in craft, rewarding a daring new voice in fiction.

One winning writer will receive:

  • A prize of £4,000
  • A bespoke period of development, which may include mentoring, learning opportunities and promotional platform, depending on the writer’s ambition and need
  • The UEA New Forms Award is part of the National Centre for Writing’s Early Career Awards.

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

  • Live in England at time of application and until at least June 2023
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have not published a debut novel or full short story collection
  • Propose a clear case for support
  • Demonstrate an innovative approach to fiction through experiment


11.59pm GMT on Thursday 25 November 2021

Published on:
27 Oct 2021
Opportunity deadline:
25 Nov 2021


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