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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

The launch of the streetcake experimental writing prize for 18 - 26 year olds

Supported by the Arts Council England and Writers’ Centre Kingston, this is the first year of an exciting new prize administered by streetcake magazine. We have been publishing quality experimental writing on our website for over ten years and we’re looking forward to expanding our remit and supporting young writers at the beginning of their writing career. With this prize, we seek to identify, recognise and develop young writers in the genres of short fiction and poetry.

This prize will be one of the first of its kind, aimed at young people (18-26 years old), who are responding creatively and extending the possibilities of the literature mold. Writers in this age band will shape the future of experimental writing and bring new ideas to this genre.

Please read some of what streetcake has previously published to give you an idea of what we mean by 'experimental' as this will give you a better chance of being successful!

The submission period will be open from March 4th 2019 and close on 14th June 2019.

There will be two age bands (18-21 and 22-26) in each category of short fiction and poetry, which means there 
will be four overall first place winners. We will also award a second and third place winner in each category.

The first place winners will receive six personalised mentoring sessions from our dedicated and experienced judges. Other prizes include personalised feedback from the streetcake editors and book bundles.

​All wining entrants will also be published online and in a hardcopy anthology, as well as being invited

to attend a winners’ event later in 2019.


Ed Cottrell 
Nik Perring 

SJ Fowler
Sascha Akhtar

Please see streetcakemagazine.com for their full biographies


The entry fee starts at £1 for one entry (£1.75 for 2 poems / stories and £2.25 for 3 poems). Each entrant can enter up to 2 pieces of fiction and 3 poems. You can only enter once in each category. Please read the rules for full details.

Please read the following before entering:

streetcake prize rules and entry info 

We have also put together some FAQs 

If you want to spread the word about our prize, you can download this flyer

If you have any queries or you wish to enter the prize (after reading the submission info), please email:streetcakeprize@gmail.com


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