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 by an adult.
- 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.
This award will be shortlisted by New Writing North, with the final winner selected by our Northern Writers’ Awards judges.