Call for submissions: Young Enigma Awards

26th Feb 2014

Not-for-profit writing collective launches "nationwide search to find the LGBT+ voices of tomorrow"

Are you a young writer? Are you an enigma? Are you a young writer wrapped in an enigma and LGBT+ to boot? The Young Enigma Awards could be just what you’re looking for.

The inaugural awards are open to young or emerging writers identifying as LGBT+ (or QUILTBAG as Young Enigma prefers) and welcome poetry, prose, scripts and comics. Simply put, if you identify as QUILTBAG, fall within the age bracket and are from the UK, they want to hear from you!

There are two prizes up for grabs: The Barbara Burford Prize; open to UK based writers aged 18-35, and the Allan Horsfall Prize, which is for 13-25 year-olds from Greater Manchester.

The winners will benefit from one-to-one mentoring and editorial support, among other bonuses like free books and the chance to be published in Young Enigma‘s anthology. They will also be supported in undertaking writing residencies, full details of which can be found on the YE website.

Submissions for both prizes close on 11th June 2014, so email up to 6 poems, 5000 words of prose or 20 pages of a script or comic to, or scooch over to for more info.