Creative Writing Competition

We invite anyone resident in the UK to write on this topic: Is it a crime to be poor?

The competition opens on 21st February, with the final date for entries on Friday 7th April 2023.


  • We ask for a piece of writing that is readable, interesting and original: an essay, a blog, a short story, a poem, a play, a letter (to someone real or imaginary), a film or TV script or a personal account drawn from your own life.
  • Word limit is 1200 words including footnotes, if any.
  • Any work quoted must be referenced. The reference list is not included in the word limit.


Prize A – Open to everyone age 18 and over: 1st prize £150, two 2nd prizes £50
Prize B – For anyone who has experienced detention or custody (in prison, secure hospital, young offender institution, immigration removal centre etc), not currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system: 1st prize £150, two 2nd prizes £50
Prize C – For young people up to 18: 1st prize £150, two 2nd prizes £50

Read about Richard Wise, who the competition is in remembrance of, here

There are three categories and the entry forms can be downloaded below:

Please submit your entry with the relevant entry form to:

If you have any queries, email:

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