The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize

Key facts

Prize money: £1,500

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 01/02/2019
Shortlist announced: 01/04/2019
Winner(s) announced: 16/05/2019

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre was established in 2016. Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over, the Prize was established to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro. Blake Morrison is Patron of the Prize.

Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true’, reflects someone’s own life journey or experiences and is not fiction.

The 2019 Life Writing Prize winner will receive £1,500, publication on Spread the Word’s website, an Arvon course, two years’ membership to the Royal Society of Literature and a development meeting with an editor and the agent Robert Caskie. Two highly commended entries will each receive £500 and two mentoring sessions with either Jacqueline Crooks or Lily Dunn, a development meeting with an editor and the agent Robert Caskie, and be published on the Spread the Word website. Three writers will be shortlisted, and six will be longlisted.

The 2018 prize was won by Danny Brunton for New Boy.