For this award you must be either a final-year student or recent graduate from any discipline at Northumbria University who are based in the North of England. This includes 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).
We accept works of poetry, fiction of all genres, children’s fiction, creative non-fiction and graphic novels for this award. Our mission is to support writing of exceptional literary merit.
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 awards.
The awards are 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 applying for the awards 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.
The Northern Writers’ Awards support new work in progress. The work that you enter for the awards must be your current work in progress. For poets, this means that we expect you to be able to present work in progress from a collection of poetry or pamphlet and to give information about the scope of the manuscript that you wish to complete. For prose writers we expect to see an extract of work supported by a synopsis that fully describes the book that you are working to complete.
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 in progress.
Prose writers are not eligible to enter for an award if the work that they are submitting is currently part of a book deal that they have received a publishing contract and advance for. If you receive a book deal for your work during the judging period it is your responsibility to inform us of this fact.
New Writing North 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 11:59pm on 7 February 2019. Submissions received after this point in time will not be eligible for entry.