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The Northern Writers’ Awards are open for applications between 15 November 2018 and 11.59pm 7 February 2019. No submissions will be accepted outside of these dates.

Follow these steps when making your application

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Read the list of available awards below to help you decide which award best suits your writing. Remember that unless stated otherwise for a particular award, you may only enter for one category.

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Carefully read the eligibility criteria for the award you have chosen to ensure that you can apply for it. The Awards are only open to writers based in the North of England.

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Read the entry questions carefully. You may save a draft of your submission in the submissions portal, however, it is highly recommended that you draft your answers offline initially so that you don’t lose any work.

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Prepare your synopsis and writing sample carefully so that they are ready to upload. Once submitted, your application can no longer be edited.

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Use the Frequently Asked Questions to guide you while you make your application. Most queries will be answered here, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us. Our website also includes various resources that may be useful as you construct your application.

Dates and Details

  • It is essential that all winning writers are available to attend the Northern Writers’ Awards ceremony. This will be held in Newcastle upon Tyne on 26 June 2019. Although we reserve the right to withdraw an award for writers unable to attend, anyone with concerns about attending the ceremony should contact us directly so that we can work out the best arrangements for your individual circumstances.
  • Some fiction winners will be invited to attend the Pitching Workshop in Newcastle upon Tyne on 6 July 2019 and the London Talent Party on 10 July 2019. The cost of attending these events is not included in the awards and must be met by the writers attending. Please keep these dates free.
  • Additionally, some winners will be invited on a professional-development visit to the offices of the leading London-based independent publisher Oneworld and receive a special session on contracts from The Society of Authors.
  • All successul and unsuccessful applicants will hear back from us by the beginning of June 2019.

Hachette Children’s Novel Award

The award

The Hachette Children’s Novel Award is open to debut writers of middle-grade children’s fiction and early teen fiction. Writers previously published in other genres and forms can enter this award if they have not yet written for children. Please read the Eligibility guidelines carefully to see if you can enter this award.

There is one winner for this award. The winning writer will receive an advance of £5000 and publication by Hachette Children’s Books. Additionally, the winner will receive access to New Writing North’s programmes of support.

Judging panel: Jo Unwin, Sita Brahmachari, Helen Thomas and Will Mackie

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a sample of 3000-6000 words and a synopsis and answer the application questions. Writers shortlisted for this award will be informed by 7 March 2019 and asked at this point to submit a complete manuscript by 14 March 2019.

The NorthBound Book Award

The NorthBound Book Award, supported by UCLan Publishing and Saraband, is a new award open to writers of fiction or narrative non-fiction who have completed a full manuscript. New, emerging or established writers may apply for this award. Please read the Eligibility carefully for further details.

There is one winner for this award. The award is for a full-length work and the winning writer will receive £5000, a guarantee of publication with Saraband and access to New Writing North’s development activities.

The award celebrates the innovative spirit of independent publishing and the richness of writing from the North of England. Saraband is a leading award-winning independent publisher, now based in North West England, whose list includes Graeme Macrae Burnet, Chitra Ramaswamy and Karen Lloyd. We are very grateful to UCLan for their support of this award.

This award will be judged by representatives of Saraband, UCLan and New Writing North.

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a full manuscript and a synopsis of up to 600 words, and answer the application questions.

Northern Writers’ Awards for Poetry

The award

Winning poets will receive awards of between £1000 and £5000 to support them to develop work in progress and to complete promising collections. These awards are open to applications from both emerging and established poets, but poets yet to publish a full-length work should consider entering the New North Poets Programme. Winners may also receive membership of the Society of Authors, should they meet the Society’s eligibility criteria.

Judged by Don Paterson

Entry details

To enter poets should submit up to 30 poems or an equivalent amount of longer sequences. Each submission of work must be accompanied by a commentary that describes the proposed project.

New North Poets programme

The award

This programme has been devised by the Poetry School and is open to poets who are yet to publish a full-length collection*.

Winning poets will receive a structured package of support on the programme. This will include a week-long writing residency at the Garsdale Retreat, one-to-one mentoring from the poet Clare Pollard, a workshop series with writers including Andrew McMillan and Rachael Allen, online workshops, and publication in a digital anthology.

Poets who have so far been published in pamphlets, magazines and anthologies are eligible for this award. Applicants must be available on the following dates: 21/09/2019; 2/11/2019; 08/11/2019; 24-29/2/2020.

There are four places available on this programme.

Judged by Don Paterson

Entry details

To enter poets should submit up to 30 poems or an equivalent amount of longer sequences. Each submission of work must be accompanied by a commentary that describes the proposed project.

Northern Writers’ Awards for Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction

The award

Winners will receive awards of between £1000 and £5000 to support them to develop work in progress and to complete promising manuscripts. These awards are open to applications from both emerging and established writers, but we recommend that as-yet-unpublished writers consider entering the Northern Debut Awards programme or the Hachette Children’s Novel Award. Please read the Eligibility criteria carefully to see if you can enter this award. Winners may also receive membership of the Society of Authors, should they meet the Society’s eligibility criteria, and the opportunity to attend New Writing North’s Pitching Workshop and Talent Party, should these be appropriate.

Judging panel: Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Richard Benson

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a sample of 3000–6000 words and a synopsis and answer the application questions.

Northern Debut Awards programme

This programme will offer a package of support to four writers of fiction, young adult fiction or narrative non-fiction who are yet to publish a full-length novel or collection of short stories.

The programme has been devised by New Writing North to offer structured and productive developmental support to writers with a work in progress showing potential for publication. Each writer’s package will include a bursary of £2000; mentoring from a practising writer; development sessions with a publishing professional; membership of the Society of Authors; a visit to Oneworld Publications; and an invitation to New Writing North’s Pitching Workshop and Summer Talent Party.

There are four places available. One place will be made in the name of Andrea Badenoch to a debut female writer over the age of 42.

Judged by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Richard Benson

Final decisions on the Andrea Badenoch Award will be made by Debbie Taylor, Margaret Wilkinson and the family of Andrea Badenoch

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a sample of 3000–6000 words and a synopsis and answer the application questions.

The Sid Chaplin Award

This new award, in partnership with the North Literary Agency, is for writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction who identify as originating from a working-class background. Submissions may be on any theme or topic and can include memoir, novels, young-adult writing and short-story collections, and works of literary essays. Unpublished, emerging and established writers may apply for this award.

The winning writer will receive a bursary of £2000; mentoring from the North Literary Agency; a manuscript appraisal from The Literary Consultancy; advisory sessions from the writer Michael Chaplin; membership of the Society of Authors; and invitations to New Writing North’s Pitching Workshop, London Talent Party and visit to Oneworld Publications.

The award is made in memory of the writer Sid Chaplin (1916–1986) whose novels such as The Day of the Sardine and The Watchers and the Watched are celebrated for their stylistic mastery and their vivid and poignant depictions of working-class life in North East England.

We are grateful to the Chaplin family and the North Literary Agency for their support of this award.

Judging panel: The North Literary Agency, the Chaplin Family and New Writing North

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a sample of 3000–6000 words and a synopsis and answer the application questions.

TLC Free Reads

The award

For this award, we welcome entries from people who may have faced barriers to seeing their work progress for financial reasons or issues connected to disability, ethnicity and/or sexuality. For more information, see TLC’s website.

In conjunction with The Literary Consultancy we are offering up to three poets, prose writers and children’s writers the chance to receive an in-depth editorial report on their work in progress, worth up to £300 each. You must be working towards a full-length work (e.g. a novel, work of creative non-fiction, poetry collection or short-story collection), but your manuscript does not have to be complete. Unpublished and previously published writers may enter work in this category.

In addition to the Free Read, writers will receive a £500 bursary from New Writing North; the option of a visit to Oneworld publications; and an invitation to New Writing North’s Pitching Workshop and London Talent Party.

Judged by our Northern Writers’ Awards judges and representatives of New Writing North.

Entry details

To enter writers should submit and extract of between 3000 and 6000 words and answer the application questions. Please note, you may enter this award in addition to one other award.

Arvon Award

The award

In conjunction with Arvon, we are offering a prose writer the chance to undertake an Arvon course. This may be either a tutored or untutored retreat, depending on what you think will be of most benefit to you. Both children’s writers and writers for adults may apply for this award. We are grateful to Arvon for their continued support of this award.

Judging panel: New Writing North and Arvon

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a sample of 3000–6000 words and a synopsis and answer the application questions.

Northumbria University Student and Alumni Award

The award

This award, worth £2000, is open to writers of fiction and poetry who are either final-year students or recent graduates from any discipline at Northumbria University who are based in the North of England. The award is open to students and graduates from any discipline who are: final-year undergraduates; current postgraduate students or alumni who have graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at Northumbria University within the last two years (since 2016).

Judging process: A shortlist will be drawn up by Northumbria University staff with the winner selected by judges Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Richard Benson

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a sample of 3000–6000 words and a synopsis and answer the application questions.

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Lime Pictures

The award

There is one award available. The winner will be offered the unique chance to work closely with Lime Pictures through a mentoring placement on the serial drama Hollyoaks and a bursary worth £3000.

No writing experience is necessary. For these awards, we want to discover new writers from Northern England who would like to work in television. We especially welcome submissions from Black and Minority Ethnic, LGBT and disabled writers, who are particularly under-represented in this area of the TV industry.

Judged by Lime Pictures, Channel 4 and New Writing North.

Entry details

To enter writers should submit an outline of a storyline for Hollyoaks (up to 400 words) and a sample script of no more than ten pages, and answer the application questions. Please note that writers who enter this award may also enter for Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Bonafide Films (see below).

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Bonafide Films

The award

There is one award available. The winner will be offered the unique chance to work closely with Bonafide Films and receive a mentoring placement. The award is worth £3000.

No writing experience is necessary. For this award, we want to discover new writers from Northern England who would like to work in television. We especially welcome submissions from Black and Minority Ethnic, LGBT and disabled writers, who are particularly under-represented in this area of the TV industry.

Judging panel: Bonafide Films, Channel 4 and New Writing North.

Entry details

To enter writers should submit an outline of an original TV drama storyline (up to 400 words) and a sample script of no more than ten pages, and answer the application questions. Please note that writers who enter this award may also enter for Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Lime Pictures (see above)

Word Factory Apprentice Award

The award

We are delighted to be working with the Word Factory to offer a short story writer based in the North access to the Word Factory Apprentice programme. This opportunity is open to writers who have not yet published a full-length work of fiction (either novels or short story collections). Previously self-published writers and published authors from other genres such as non-fiction and poetry may apply.

The Word Factory Northern Apprentice will receive: mentoring from the writer Carys Davies; a £1000 bursary from New Writing North; a year’s free access to all Word Factory events and masterclasses; and the opportunity to be considered for publication opportunities with Comma Press, alongside developmental support from Comma staff. As a part of the programme, the winning writer will join an established writing community and have the chance to read a showcase event in London. More information about the Word Factory can be found at www.thewordfactory.tv.

Judging panel: The Word Factory and New Writing North

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a short story of up to 2000 words and answer the application questions.

Young Northern Writer Award

The award

This award of £200 is for a young writer aged 12–18. The young person can write in any creative form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting and rap.

There is one award in this category, although up to two writers may also be highly commended.

Applications are accepted in two ways:

  • through nomination from an adult working with the young person.
  • by application directly from the young person.

Judging panel: Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Richard Benson

Entry details

To enter writers must submit a sample of their creative work (up to a maximum of 2000 words).

Matthew Hale Award

The award

The Matthew Hale Award is open to young writers who show promise but lack 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.

Applications are accepted in two ways:

  • through nomination from an adult working with the young person.
  • by application directly from the young person.

We accept writing in any creative form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting and rap.

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 winner, 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.

Judging panel: the family of Matthew Hale and New Writing North.

Entry details

To enter writers must submit a sample of your creative work (up to a maximum of 2000 words).

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