We are delighted to announce the 27 brilliant writers who have been recognised in this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards and between them share £47,000 worth of awards.

With almost 2000 entries, this was the biggest year ever for the awards programme. We want to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who entered. It is absolutely wonderful to see such a wealth of writing talent in the North of England and please know that we would have awarded many more of you if we could have. It is even more amazing considering this work was written in such a difficult year. We are in awe of you all!

We are also grateful to the many supporters and partners of the Northern Writers’ Awards, without whom none of this would be possible. Our major partners include Northumbria University, Arts Council England, Channel 4, Hachette Children’s Group and University of York.

Special thanks to the individual donors who bring so much to the awards programme, including the Hale family, the friends and family of Andrea Badenoch, and the Chaplin family. If you would like to donate to support writing from the North, you can do so here.

Finally, thank you to this year’s judges including Andrew McMillan, Cathy Rentzenbrink and Jacob Ross, and our reading team. Their care, attention and insight is at the heart of the awards programme.

The list of 2021 winners in full is:

Hachette Children’s Novel Award

Andy Ruffell

NorthBound Book Award
Adam Farrer

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Bonafide Films
KB Jacobs

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Lime Pictures
Lucy Burke

Northern Writers’ Awards for Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction
CD Rose
Patricia Grace King

Northern Writers’ Awards for Poetry
Harry Man
Suzannah Evans

Northern Debut Awards for Fiction
Gareth Hewitt
Sarah Brooks
Rob Schofield

Andrea Badenoch Award
Harminder Kaur

Northern Debut Awards for Poetry
Amelia Loulli
Jade Cuttle
Katie Hale

The Sid Chaplin Award
Gary Evans (winner)
Greg Forrester (highly commended)

Northumbria University Student and Alumni Award
Shaun Wilson

Word Factory Apprentice Award
Amy Stewart

TLC Free Reads Scheme
Katharine Goda
MB Shah

Arvon Award
Sarah Corbett

Young Northern Writers’ Awards
Megumi Hoshiko (winner, Year 7-9)
Lily Tibbitts (winner, Year 10+)
Connie Schoales (highly commended, Year 7-9)
Jennifer Mabbott (highly commended, Year 10+)

Matthew Hale Award
Lacey Williamson

We’re excited to work with all of the writers over the coming year and look forward to seeing where the awards take them.

Read more about all of our winners on the 2021 Winners page.