For the first time, Ambit’s annual competition is open to all disciplines: POEMS, STORIES and ART. 

2021’s Metamorphosis-theme will be judged by Deborah Levy (stories), Kim Addonizio (poems), Michael Salu (illustration).

Winning work is guaranteed publication in AMBIT POP 245, October 2021. 

The first place prize in each category will also receive £500, second place £250, and £100 for third. 

Entries are £6 (£4 unwaged) and are now open until 1 July.  

Winners will be announced on 1 September on the Ambit website. 

Details below.

Deborah Levy at work (in the former Priory Gardens HQ of AMBIT). Drawing by Ron Sandford for Ambit 187, in the Freud issue of Winter 2007. Levy was first published in AMBIT 95, 1983, with her short story, Tango Through The Green Tanks.


DEBORAH LEVY is the author of seven novels: Beautiful MutantsSwallowing GeographyThe UnlovedBilly and GirlSwimming Home, Hot Milk and The Man Who Saw Everything. She has been shortlisted twice each for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Man Booker Prize. Her short story collection, Black Vodka, was nominated for the International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as were her acclaimed dramatisations of Freud’s iconic case studies, Dora and The Wolfman. She has also written for The Royal Shakespeare Company and her pioneering theatre writing is collected in Levy: Plays 1. Her work is widely translated. Deborah Levy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author of a formally innovative and emotionally daring trilogy of memoirs, a living autobiography on writing, gender politics and philosophy. The first two volumes, Things I Don’t Want to Know and The Cost of Living, won the Prix Femina Etranger 2020. The final volume, Real Estate, is recently published by Penguin.

KIM ADDONIZIO is the author of eight poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay, and her work has been widely translated and anthologised. Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Her new poetry collection, Now We’re Getting Somewhere, is out from W.W. Norton. She lives in Oakland, California and is online at

Michael Salu

MICHAEL SALU is a writer, creative strategist, critic and artist, whose work and ideas find a place in a multidisciplinary practice, often centring on the evolving intersections of technology, language and identity. His written work has appeared in many literary journals, magazines and art publications.

He is the former creative director of Granta Publications (London) and has conceived and managed the creative output of many culturally-focused brands across a variety of online and offline media.

Salu has often contributed to the art and media curriculums of various academic institutions and has held a number of advisory roles and spoken at many live events and symposiums including  5×15. He runs House of Thought, a creative research practice and consultancy underscored by new technologies, art and literature. He is represented by United Agents.

Submissions can be made either online via Submittable or by post. Submission remains minimal, at £6 per entry, and £4 for unwaged or full-time students, and for five or more submissions you will receive a free copy of Ambit. Please note we do not accept simultaneous submissions, the work needs to be submitted exclusively. (In a previous year this led to a winning poem losing out on first prize as it had been published elsewhere.)

All judging will be done strictly anonymously so please do not put your name anywhere on the Word, PDF or JPEG document containing your work, only on the Submittable cover letter.