SUMMER '21 CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION
Platforming marginalised voices through writing

We are looking for creative pieces under 500 words that engage with the theme Stereotypes and Perceptions.

Prizes will be awarded for top pieces in poetry and prose (fiction or nonfiction). In addition to the winners and runners up, a selection of laureates will have their work featured in EH*V's upcoming Literary Magazine, DIALOGUE. 

*to include all those marginalised because of their gender. 

Entry Guidelines

  • Submissions can be poems or prose (fiction or nonfiction)

  • Submissions must be in English 

  • Submissions must be 500 words or fewer

  • Submissions must be original and written by the submitter

  • Participants retain rights to their submissions.

  • Participants grant us allowance to share their writing on EH*Vs website and our upcoming literary magazine, DIALOGUE.

  • Please attach your submission to the linked entry form.

 

Prizes and recognition

A winning entry will be selected from each category (poetry and prose), and these writers will win:

  •  £250 to donate to an organization working towards an issue of their choice

  • A masterclass from a member of the Princeton University English Dept.

  • Publication in EH*V’s literary magazine, DIALOGUE

  • EH*V Merchandise

  • A gift package containing books and themed gifts from independent female, trans or non-binary creatives

 

Runners up from each category will receive:

  • Publication in EH*V’s literary magazine, DIALOGUE

  • EH*V Merchandise

  • A gift package containing books and themed gifts from independent female, trans or non-binary creatives

 

In addition to the winners and runners up for each category, a selection of up to twenty laureates will be selected to have their submissions featured in EH*V’s Literary Magazine. Please note that winners, runners up and laureates may be asked to participate in interviews in conjunction with the prize.

 

Additionally, all participants will receive a certificate of participation for submitting to the summer contest and may be invited to read from their writing at a virtual event in the future.

 

Deadline

The submission period for the contest begins July 30th, 2021 and the deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2021. To submit a piece for consideration, please attach it to the linked entry form.

Eligibility

UK-based and international writers, regardless of gender identity, are eligible (and encouraged!) to submit. 

Judging Criteria

We are looking for writing that combines an engaging individual voice, imagination, and intellect to bring new perspectives and deeper meaning to the theme Stereotypes and Perceptions. Considerations in the judging process will include originality, style, structure, and ideas and concepts explored. 

EH*V is honored to be welcoming Cheryl Buchanan as our head judge for this summer’s contest. Cheryl Buchanan, JD, MFA, Executive Director of Writers Without Margins, Inc., learned the power of storytelling and silence-breaking when she worked, for a decade, on more than 500 cases of childhood sexual abuse. She has taught in a wide range of academic classrooms, from law school to university Communication Studies and Creative Writing, as well as written on a variety of platforms, from college texts to network television. Cheryl has been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Boston Mayor’s Poetry Prize and the Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Award, as well as nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and twice for Best New Poets. She was the recipient of the 2018 National Association for Poetry Therapy’s Social Justice Award and currently serves as Editor of Writers Without Margins: A Journal of Poetry and Prose.  In 2019, Cheryl co-produced the award winning documentary film, In Their Shoes: Unheard Stories of Reentry & Recovery.  

 

FAQ’s

How many pieces can I submit?

Writers may submit up to 3 entries; however, individual entry length should not exceed 500 words. 

 

When will the winners and laureates be announced?

October 2021

 

How will I find out if I've won the contest or am being featured in the magazine?

All participants will have been emailed by the first week of October regarding the status of their entry. 

 

What genre of writing can I submit?

We are primarily looking for poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction). If you don’t feel your work fits within these categories, but you are still keen on contributing, please email creativewriting@empowerhervoice.com with an overview of your writing, and we may be able to include your submission in the magazine. 

 

Is there an entry fee?

None at all.

 

Is judging anonymous? 

Yes, judging will be entirely anonymous. The participant’s personal information as stated in the entry form will not be disclosed to judges. 

Contact us

If you have a general enquiry, please email creativewriting@empowerhervoice.com