Man up! Creative writing competition for Aspiring Writers between 18 – 25

Man up! Creative writing competition for Aspiring Writers between 18 - 25


Aug 15, 2021    
12:00 am

Event Type

Man Up! highlights stories of women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries who stepped into male roles. By picking up a pen, pistol or sword, they broke with convention to survive and thrive.

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Out of necessity or choice, to seek glory or escape the fetters of a restrictive life – they kept control over their inheritance, unashamedly sought fame, adopted fake names, took to the high seas, or even joined the army. To meet some of these pioneering women, you can view the exhibition online.

We are now looking for short stories and poems inspired by the women and stories in Man Up! Entries can be entirely fictional or based on fact.

SEE ALSO: Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) Writing Scholarship 2021 For African Writers | £18,000 Grant


  • The winners in each category will receive:
  • A Man Up! Bundle of merchandise
  • Publication in the Summer issue of Chawton House’s magazine, The Female Spectator
  • House & Gardens Annual ticket for the winner + 1 adult


15-17 years old

  • Poetry (not more than 50 lines)
  • Short story (500-1000 words)

18-25 years old

  • Poetry (not more than 50 lines)
  • Short Story (not more than 1500 words)
SEE ALSO: The César Egido Serrano Foundation International Short Story Contest

How to Enter

To take part, please email your submission to [email protected] with the subject heading ‘Man Up Creative Writing Competition’. Please include your name, address, and age.

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