Alternarratives is a £15,000 prize for UK writers to explore innovation in short-form storytelling.

We are looking for bold ideas in the future of cutting-edge storytelling, encouraging writers to think beyond the word document and use all the tools we have at our disposal to tell stories in new and exciting ways. In its pilot year, the prize will encourage storytellers to imagine how short-form fiction could help re-engage young people (aged 11-16) with the act of reading for pleasure. The opportunity is open to all UK-based writers aged 18 or over and we strongly encourage entries from non-YA writers. Entries are open until 13 January 2020.

We’re offering:
• 10 writers a £1,000 R&D bursary towards the realisation and development of a new or existing idea into a final work;
• ideation workshops including innovation of form, future methods of storytelling and co-curation of best practice;
• young people focus groups to discuss ideas, needs and motivations;
• a £15,000 prize for one writer.

For further information, please contact or visit

The deadline is Monday 13 January 2020.

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