The 2021 Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour is now open for entries. The closing date is 23:59 GMT on Friday 25th June 2021.

To enter, you need to submit all of the following:

  • 5,000 to 10,000 words of either the opening of a novel or a short story
  • a short covering letter
  • a summary of your entire work, consisting of no more than 1,000 words.

Please send your story, covering letter and summary as three separate PDF or Word documents to

The full terms and conditions are below.

The 2021 prize is being judged by cultural commentator Lloyd Bradley, publisher Valerie Brandes, actor Shobna Gulati, journalist Zahra Hankir, writer Nii Ayikwei Parkes and author Tasha Suri.

Terms and conditions for Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour

  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 £4,000. A Second Place Winner up will receive a prize of £2,000. Up to six additional Runners Up writers will receive £800. 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 the week commencing November 22 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. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
  9. The competition opens at 09:00 GMT on Wednesday 28th April and closes at 23:59 GMT on Friday 25th June 2021. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The competition is not open to employees of Cityread or to anyone professionally connected to the Competition or to the Judges and Advisory Board either themselves or through their families.
  15. 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. Cityread 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 Cityread 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 Cityread 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”).
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. By entering the Competition each Entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  19. This Competition is being organised by Cityread, 27 Rokeby Road, London, SE4 1DE.
  20. 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.