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Matthew Hale Award: Eligibility & Conditions of Entry

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Eligibility Guidelines & Criteria

This award is for a young person in Year 7 upwards (up to a maximum of 18 years of age).  

The Matthew Hale Award is open to young writers who show promise but have had limited opportunities to pursue their talent. This could be due to a number of factors, including physical or mental ill-health, family circumstances, lack of access to cultural opportunities or any other reasons. 

Young writers can submit creative work in any form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting and rap.  

There is one award winner each year. The 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, enrolment on a course, books, theatre tickets or a pass to a literature festival.  

Applications for this award are accepted in two ways: 

       through nomination from an adult working with the young person (for example, parents, teachers or other adults) 

       by application directly from the young person 

This award is judged by the family of Matthew Hale and New Writing North. 

If you have any questions about either the Young Northern Writer Award or the Matthew Hale Award please contact the NWN Young Writers team on 

Applicants 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. 

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. To be eligible submissions to the awards must have been made by 11:59pm on 18 February 2021. Submissions received after this point in time will not be eligible for entry. 

New Writing North will make final decisions on eligibility. Our decisions will be final and no communication will be entered into on the subject. 

For more advice and guidance on your application, visit our FAQs. 

Conditions of entry

All submissions to the awards must be made via the awards website.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered or acknowledged.

The work that you enter must be your own original work.All submissions must be written by a single author.

If you win an award you will be asked to prove your place of residence and identity. New Writing North withholds the right to withdraw and reclaim the financial value of an award if it is discovered that a writer has fabricated any information in their submission.

We reserve the right to vary the rules and conditions of entry and to make any amendments to the published schedule as are deemed necessary.It is your responsibility to ensure that your submission is eligible for the prize.By entering your work for the awards you are confirming to us that the work that you are submitting is your own original work, and that you have read and agree to the Conditions of Entry of the awards.We will write to everyone who entered for an award and inform them of the outcome of their application once the judging process has concluded.

We intend that entering your work for the awards is an accessible process. If you are unclear about any aspect of the submission process please read our Frequently Asked Questions here. If your query can’t be answered this way please email us at We will endeavour to reply to your email in good time.

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