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Pen to Print Awards 19
Core to the Pen to Print programme are our free to enter competitions.

The Book Challenge is our premier competition with the fabulous prize of support to write and publish your own book!

We have already seen Challengers publish and win awards for their books, so if you have a story that you have always wanted to turn into a book why wait, have a go! If you don’t have a book idea but love to tell stories or are more poetic, why not enter the Poetry and Short Story Competition? Each year we will feature an additional competition which could be playwriting, screenwriting, photography or film making; so you can explore other forms of telling your story.

We are sure you will find inspiration to put pen to paper which you may be lucky enough to see in print, good luck!

Each competition below has outline details and links to its specific Terms and Conditions, to make sure you are eligible please read these carefully before you enter.

Please NOTE by entering a Pen to Print competition the author is giving permission for Pen to Print to publish and/or broadcast their work, if it chooses, digitally or in print.  For these Terms & Conditions please CLICK HERE.
Any online and social media competitions may have different closing dates.
Always check the full Terms and Conditions of each competition for closing dates and entry requirements.
CLICK HERE for our How To Guide for entering competitions

First Line Competition

First Line Competition – The Freelance Bible

Competition CLOSES on Friday 30 April 2021 at 5pm

Prize:  Win one of two copies of The Freelance Bible by Alison Grade

To celebrate the workshop being held on 15 April at 6.30pm ‘How to Be a Great Freelancer’ with Alison Grade, we have two copies of her book The Freelance Bible (published by Penguin) to give away!

All you need to do is send your suggestion for a great first line for a story – to

Subject line – First Line Competition, along with your address so we can make sure we are able to send you your copy should you win.

Places for the workshop on 15 April are available to book go to:

Details below:

Pen to Print: How to Be a Great Freelancer with Alison Grade

Thursday 15 April, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

This session will teach you how to build your successful freelance psyche and how you can use this knowledge to be strategic.
How to be a great freelancer with Alison Grade, author The Freelance Bible.
Click here to purchase your copy from Amazon.

Being a great freelancer is more than being great at working ‘in’ the work you do – you need to be great at working ‘on’ your freelancing.
In this session you’ll learn from author of The Freelance Bible, Alison Grade, how to work ‘on’ you freelancing and prepare yourself so you are best positioned to find the work you want to do. You’ll learn why freelancing is like dating and how you can use this knowledge to be strategic when winning new clients.

This session will teach you how to build your successful freelance psyche by maintaining a balance of:
• Skills – what skills and mindset does a freelancer need?
• Finances – what do I really need to live on? How do I value myself?
• Desires – how do I find and date clients to win business?

This session will give you a framework which you can use to work ‘on’ your freelancing and build a successful and sustainable freelance care.
Alison describes her key skill as transforming creative concepts into a business reality. She accomplishes this with the films she produces, the creative entrepreneurs she mentors, SMEs and freelancers she advises and in her recently published book, The Freelance Bible (Penguin).

CLICK to read and download the full competition details, rules and T&Cs

COVID-19 Statement
Last updated: 6 February 2021.

All Pen to Print activity is now available online only. 
Please do not post or hand deliver your entries. We currently only accept entries sent by email.

Pen to Print helps you find your voice.

If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison

One should begin any work of fiction with the longest, most convoluted sentence imaginable, then try to beat that record.

Charles Dickens

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the readers.

Stephen King

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.

Octavia E.Butler

Writing is a great comfort to people like me, who are unsure of themselves and have trouble expressing themselves properly.

Agatha Christie

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Louis L’Amour

It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.

James Thurber

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Albert Einstein

To write successfully, one requires only a sharp pencil, a piece of paper and a hot cup of tea.

Agatha Christie

Poetry is when an emotion has found it’s thought, and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost

Writing lets you break boundaries because you can go anywhere you wish.
The voice in my stories is sometimes authentic, sometimes it is foreign.
Sometimes it is old. Sometimes it is new. Sometimes my writing is Muslim, other times it is Sikh and many times, it is no one’s religion because as long as I am telling the story,
I am in control.
I am whoever I want to be.

Farzana Hakim, Book Challenge Author
Pen to Print Writer