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The £10,000 2015 Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes are now closed to entries. Judging is under way and we will be announcing the finalists in early November, with the short-listed poems and short stories available to read online.
The winners will be announced at a gala prize-giving event at Manchester Metropolitan University’s new home for creative writing, arts and culture, Number 70 Oxford Street, on Friday 27th November.
Next year’s Prizes will open in late 2015 and the deadline for entries will be Friday 23rd September 2016.
The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, funded in the first instance by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £95,000 to its winners. These are the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished writing.
Initially, the Competition alternated annually between Poetry and Fiction but, from 2013, both will be running every year, with £10,000* awarded to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry, and another £10,000* to the writer of the best short story. A new Writing for Children Prize was launched in late 2013, with prizes awarded at the Manchester Children's Book Festival.
* Terms and conditions apply – see the pages for each Prize for full details.
> The Manchester Poetry Prize - £10,000*
> The Manchester Fiction Prize - £10,000*
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