We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction for this award. Our mission is to support writing of exceptional literary merit. To be eligible for this award your manuscript must be complete at the time of application.
We accept fiction from any genre, including literary fiction, crime, science fiction, romance and fantasy. You may submit novels, novellas and collections of short stories, but not individual short stories (individual short stories can be submitted for the Word Factory Apprentice strand of our awards programme).
New, emerging and established writers may enter for this award. If your work is at an earlier stage of development you should enter one of our other awards strands. We do not accept poetry, children’s writing or young adult novels for this award. Children’s writers should enter the Hachette Children’s Novel Award. Young Adult writers should explore our awards strands for the most appropriate outlet. Poets should enter either the New North Poets Award or the Northern Writers’ Award for Poetry.
Narrative non-fiction is eligible. This has stylistic and structural similarities to fiction but deals instead with factual or mostly factual subject matter. Work that fits in this category includes biography, memoir, nature writing and non-fiction with a strong literary intent. Works of factual, technical, journalistic and scientific writing, local history, travel writing, translation or self-publishing projects are not eligible for entry.
You must be over the age of 18 to enter.
The award is open to submissions of work written in World English by writers of any nationality or descent who at the time of entering are permanently resident in the North of England.
Writers must currently live full-time in the North of England. The North of England is defined as the areas covered by Arts Council England in Yorkshire, North East and North West. We regret we are unable to accept submissions from outside these areas due to conditions in our funding from Arts Council England.
Previous winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards may enter for this award.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students may enter if they are permanently based in the North of England.
To be considered, work does not have to be of a ‘northern’ flavour or have a ‘northern’ theme. Writers who are writing books set in the North of England but who do not live in the region are not eligible.
All entries must be made through the online submissions portal. To qualify, a submission must consist of two items: the online application form and the creative work.
You are not eligible to enter if the work is currently part of a book deal that you have received a publishing contract and advance for. If you receive a book deal for the work during the judging period it is your responsibility to inform us of this fact.
New Writing North, Saraband and UCLAN will make final decisions on eligibility. Our decisions will be final and no communication will be entered into on the subject.
To be eligible submissions to the awards must have been made by 7 February 2019. Submissions received after this point in time will not be eligible for entry.