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Contest: Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers of Colour

January 29

Deadline: January 29st, 2024
Prize: First Place: £4,500. Second Place: £2,500. Up to six additional Runners Up writers will receive £850.
Theme: Great works of science fiction and fantasy by new writers
Entrants must: self-identify as a person of colour, be aged over 18, be living in the UK or Ireland.

Future Worlds Prize 2024 is now open for entries!

We’re looking for great works of science fiction and fantasy by new writers. The prize is open to everything from space operas and dystopias to books set in magical worlds and more.

Entry information

To enter, you must:

  • self-identify as a person of colour
  • be aged over 18
  • be living in the UK or Ireland.

As part of your entry, please submit:

  • a 5,000-10,000 word extract of either a short story or the opening chapters of a novel
  • a covering letter
  • a short summary/synopsis of your work, of no more than 1,000 words.

Please ensure that you submit three separate documents, and that your name does not appear anywhere on the extract or synopsis.

Accepted formats are:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Pages
  • PDF
  • Google Doc.

Read the full terms and conditions for the prize below.

Your entry should be sent to: [email protected].

Key dates for the prize are:

  • Entries close: January 29, 2024
  • Shortlist announced: March 2024
  • Winner announced: April 2024


  1. This writing competition is called “Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour” (“Prize”). Entrants will need to submit 5,000-10,000 of either a short story or opening chapters of a novel in accordance with the terms and conditions below (“Entry”). The entrants should supply a covering letter and a short summary of their short story or novel of no more than 1,000 words alongside their Entry.
  2. Entries should be submitted as a Word document, PDF or equivalent and submitted via the entry submission box on the Competition entry landing page.
  3. The Winner will receive a prize of £4,500. A Second Place Winner up will receive a prize of £2,500. Up to six additional Runners Up writers will receive £850. All shortlisted writers, the runner up and the winner will receive four mentoring sessions (once per quarter) over one calendar year from an editor from one of the Prize’s publishing partners (such sessions will each consist of a one-hour long phone call, or equivalent). “Winner” means the person who is selected as having submitted the winning entry or any substitute if the original winner is disqualified. “Second Place Winner” refers to the person who is selected as having submitted the second winning entry or any substitute if the original second place winner is disqualified. “Runner Up” refers to any of the people who are selected as having been identified on the shortlist.
  4. Entrants must be at least 18 years old, identify as a person of colour and be a resident of the UK or Ireland. Entrants must not have had a book published in any format previously by a UK publisher, be under contract for publication by such a publisher or their Entry must not have won a prize in another writing competition.
  5. The Winner, Second Place Winner and Runners Up will be selected from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions that fulfil the Criteria. Entries will be judged for the quality of writing, originality, and style (“Criteria”).
  6. The Winner, Second Place Winner and Runners Up will be selected by a judging panel appointed by the prize (together the “Judges”), whose decision will be final.
  7. The Winner will be announced in spring 2024 at an event hosted for the award in London. The Winner will see their name posted on the Prize’s website and social media accounts.
  8. By entering the prize, writers who are shortlisted give permission for their submitted extract to be published on the Future Worlds Prize website as part of the promotion of the prize and of their shortlisting.
  9. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
  10. The competition opens at 00.01 GMT on Friday 13th October and closes at 23:59 GMT on Monday 29th January 2024. Any Entries received outside these specified times and dates, and any Entries that do not meet the requirements of these terms and conditions, will not be eligible for entry into the Competition.
  11. A maximum of one Entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent Entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
  12. By submitting their Entry, the Entrant agrees and warrants that (i) the submission contains the Entrant’s own original work; and (ii) nothing in the submission is defamatory, private or an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right or in any way a breach of another’s right. If any third party material is included it must be with the prior permission of the original writer or other creator. The Prize reserves the right to ask for the permission before any prize is distributed. Any Entry in breach of this clause will be disqualified from participating in the Competition and from winning any prize.
  13. The Prize reserves the right to alter the prizes, the judging panel or cancel the Competition without notice but will try to avoid creating any undue disappointment.
  14. The Prize is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to Entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for Entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
  15. The competition is not open to employees of Future Worlds Prize CIC or to anyone professionally connected to the Competition or to the Judges and Advisory Board either themselves or through their families.
  16. The names and email addresses of entrants (‘Information’) will be collected by the Prize and will be used in accordance with its Privacy Notice which can be found here. Future Worlds Prize CIC will be the Data Controller of the Information. Except as set out below, the Information will be deleted once the Winner, Second Place Winner and Runners Up have been announced. The Information will not be shared with anyone outside Future Worlds Prize CIC except for sending the prizes as described below. The Winner, Second Prize Winner and Runners Up will be asked for their bank details so that their prize money may be sent to them. Such details will be deleted after the money has been sent except insofar as  it is necessary for Future Worlds Prize CIC to keep them for its financial records. Personal Data” means your name and other identifying details (e.g. email addresses, date of birth) and “Special Category Data” means any special category data that reveals your racial  or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership,  genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or sex life and sexual orientation (referred to  jointly as “Personal Data”).
  17. The Winner, Second-Prize Winner and Runners-Ups names’ will be shared in a public announcement with media outlets who choose to run articles on this competition.
  18. The Winner’s Personal Data will be retained by the Prize for future correspondence which will include four phone (or equivalent) calls as part of the prize to provide mentoring sessions with the winner.
  19. By entering the Competition each Entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  20. This Competition is being organised by Future Worlds Prize CIC, 27 Rokeby Road, London, SE4 1DE.
  21. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

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