The Matthew Hale Award supports a young writer who shows promise but lacks the opportunity to pursue their talent. This could be for a number of reasons including physical or mental ill-health, family circumstances, lack of access to cultural opportunities or any other reasons.
This award is for a young person aged between 12 and 18 years at the time of application. The award is by nomination only. The young person can write in any form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting, rap and any other form.
This award consists of a package of support created by New Writing North and is worth £500. The package will be tailored to the specific interests and needs of the winning young writer, but could include anything from one-on-one mentoring with a professional writer, enrollment on a course, books, theatre tickets or a pass to a literature festival. Nominations for recipients of this award are invited from parents, teachers or other adults.
This award is made through a nomination process, with final decisions made by the family of Matthew Hale and New Writing North.