Awards and competitions

Creative Future Literary Awards 2013 – deadline 16 June 2013

Brighton-based charity Creative Future has launched a national competition to discover the best writers from disadvantaged groups who find it hard to get their work recognised.

The judging panel will be led by best-selling poet, playwright and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, who spent his childhood in care and who will present the prizes at an award ceremony at Charleston House, East Sussex, in September during the Small Wonder literary festival.

Arts & Business Awards - deadline 8 March 2013

Nominations are now open for the 34th Arts & Business Awards in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover. The Awards aim to celebrate excellence in the field of arts and business partnerships and sponsorships across seven categories:

Partnership Awards
A&B Corporate Responsibility Award
A&B Digital Partnership Award
BP A&B Long-term Partnership Award
A&B Sponsorship Award

2013 Koestler Awards now open – deadline 19 April

The Koestler Trust has been running its awards programme for offenders, secure patients and detainees for 50 years.

This year the Trust has announced two new judges, new categories, this year’s themed category and a prize for early entries; the establishment with the most entries submitted by 28 February 2013 will receive £300 for arts resources.

For more information and entry details visit

Hektoen International Medical Humanities essay competition – deadline 1 March

Hektoen International, a Journal of Medical Humanities, is currently running a Grand Prix Essay Competition. Hektoen is inviting essay submissions of 1,000 to 2,500 words on a subject related to medicine and culture by 1 March 2013.

Suggested topics include medicine and art or literature, history of medicine, ethics, music, philosophy, anthropology and linguistics. Articles must be unpublished, original work. Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible.

Shoosmiths Art Prize, MK Arts for Health – deadline 23 December

MK Arts for Health is inviting submissions for the Shoosmiths Art Prize 2013.

A selection panel, including representatives from the Royal College of Arts and MK Gallery, will shortlist 10 artists who will each be given a six month exhibition in Milton Keynes Hospital or at Shoosmiths Lawyers’ Office. One artist will also receive £500 prize money donated by Shoosmiths and one artist will receive £300 worth of framing.

Children's story competition for people in prison – deadline 31 December

Storybook Dads, in association with the Writers' in Prison Foundation, is publishing a collection of stories written by prisoners for prisoners' children. Approximately fifteen stories will be chosen for publication and a £10 book token will be awarded to each writer whose story is selected for the book. Stories can be hand-written and should be no more than 1,200 words.

EAC Over 60’s Art Awards competition – deadline 31 December

A national art competition to encourage and celebrate the talents of older people. The competition is open to all amateur artists over the age of 60.

The 2012 Awards see a number of changes, including reduced entry fees, additional prizes, an online gallery showing all entries, and a new award ceremony event at the House of Lords.

There are 35 prizes totaling over £3000 on offer.

£125 Category Prizes will be awarded to best entries from Beginners and More Experienced Artists in the following categories:

Creative Conscience Awards – deadline 20 February

Design Council supports the Creative Conscience awards, a new competition to recognise students whose creative work strives to make a positive difference to the world around us.

Prizes will be awarded in six categories:
  Graphics & Advertising
  Illustration & Animation
  Product & Structural Design
  Interior Design & Architecture
  Fashion & Textiles
  Film & Photography

FIRST@108 Public Art Award, Royal British Society of Sculptors – deadline 23 November

First@108 is an award designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions.

The winning sculptor will be awarded:
  £10,000 towards production costs
  A solo exhibition in London

Proposals from artists working in 3D and who are new to public art who wish to create an innovative sculpture on the theme of ‘Transmission’ are now being sought.

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West Midlands Arts and Health Awards 2012 – deadline 30 November

The West Midlands Arts and Health Awards 2012 are looking to celebrate and profile exceptional arts and health projects in the West Midlands. Nominations are now open and the closing date for nominations is 30 November 2012. For more information visit w:


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