It’s that time of year again: the Northern Writers’ Awards opens for entry on Wednesday 23 November, and to spread the word we’re travelling around the North, meeting writers and talking to them about the awards and the many other opportunities available to develop their careers.

This year our Northern Writers’ Awards roadshows are visiting Sheffield, Leeds, Preston and Middlesbrough. Each roadshow is aimed at writing in a particular genre and will feature experienced writers, editors and publishers/broadcasters.

The roadshows are free to attend and will equip you with practical knowledge for developing your writing career, whether or not you are planning to enter this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards. These events are also an excellent place to meet and network with fellow writers. The feedback from our roadshows is always overwhelmingly positive and places tend to book up quickly.

Reserve your place now via the links below.

We’ll also be at the National Creative Writing Graduate Fair on Friday 4 November, taking part in a panel about the future of publishing and hosting a Northern Writers’ Awards stall. Come and see us!

The Northern Writers’ Awards 2017 open for entry on 30 November 2016 until 2 February 2017. The awards identify writing talent and support writers to complete work-in-progress towards publication or broadcast. They are open to writers at all stages of their careers, based in the North of England, and awards can include mentoring, development opportunities and cash awards.

Northern Writers’ Awards: Poetry Roadshow

Saturday 19 November, 11am-3.30pm, Sheffield
Hosted by New Writing North in partnership with the Poetry Business

Northern Writers’ Awards: Fiction Roadshow

Saturday 26 November, 11am-3pm, Leeds
Hosted by New Writing North

Northern Writers’ Awards: Writing for TV and Radio Roadshow

Saturday 3 December, 11am-3.30pm, Preston
Hosted by New Writing North and Channel 4 in partnership with They Eat Culture

Northern Writers’ Awards: Early Career Writers’ Roadshow

Thursday 15 December, 6pm-8.30pm, Middlesbrough
Hosted by New Writing North in partnership with Writers Block North East