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A great many individuals and organisations support the Northern Writers’ Awards and we are grateful for their support and investment in our work.

Headline supporters

Northumbria University works in partnership with New Writing North to celebrate and nurture new writing talent and enhance opportunities for talented writers to develop their work. The Northern Writers’ Awards are central to this collaboration, celebrating the best emerging talent across the North and supporting writers to develop their original and exciting work.

The collaboration between New Writing North and Northumbria aims to strengthen the infrastructure and environment in which creative writing thrives. We do this by shaping unique opportunities for writers at all stages of their development, and by pursuing innovative approaches that reinforce connections between our staff and students, the wider writing community, and the literature sector. Working with New Writing North to structure new undergraduate and postgraduate modules makes it possible for our students to learn directly from publishers, agents and editors about the challenges and opportunities that face writers and all those working in literature. In turn, the collaboration with New Writing North enables writers to learn from Northumbria’s academic staff. Unique events such as Crime Story introduce crime writers to disciplines such as criminology and forensic science, providing a new lens for the fictional crime world. The Newcastle Writing Conference, programmed by New Writing North and hosted at Northumbria, offers new and emerging writers invaluable access to the expertise of industry insiders, writers and other literature professionals.

The spirit of innovation and collaboration is also a feature of our diverse student offer in creative writing at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level. Our staff are all practising writers, and our teaching is informed by their on-going research and practice. Modules cover a wide range of forms, from novels, short stories and poetry to drama and screenwriting. Our undergraduate programme prepares students for a range of careers, and the Creative Writing MA suits both those looking to begin a career in writing and those who want to progress to practice-led research via our PhD programme. Creative Writing at Northumbria University is dedicated to creating an inspiring and enriching environment for student writers and for writers in the wider community regionally.

Public sector supporters

Arts Council England support the Northern Writers’ Awards through the funding they give to New Writing North as a National Portfolio Organisation. They are a long-term supporter of the awards and were the organisation that originally kick-started the programme by ‘gifting’ their regional writing awards to New Writing North in 1999, a move that allowed the awards to take shape and to flourish. We are proud to work closely with both the North and national office on the project.

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Media partners

We are proud to be working in partnership with Channel 4 Drama, leading Northern production company Lime Pictures and rapidly growing TV drama and film production company Bonafide Films on our award for television writers.

Literature sector supporters

Arvon is a charity that runs five-day residential creative writing courses and retreats in rural writing houses, offering the time and space to write.

The Literary Consultancy is the UK’s first and leading manuscript assessment and editorial advice service providing expert, market-aware editorial appraisal and help to writers at all levels.

Oneworld is an independent trade publisher based in Bloomsbury, London focusing on a broad range of non-fiction subjects from history and politics to nature and psychology. In 2009 we set up our first literary fiction list, and more recently set up a crime fiction and YA list.

The Society of Authors is a trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. It has been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century. Members receive unlimited advice on all aspects of the profession, including confidential clause-by-clause contract vetting, and a wide range of exclusive offers.

And Other Stories has a national and global reputation for publishing world-class, challenging and shamelessly literary fiction. Since starting in 2011, their books have been awarded and shortlisted for many prizes, including the Man Booker, the Costa Short Story Award, The Guardian First Book Award, the Best Translated Book Award, and more.

Word Factory was founded five years ago by Cathy Galvin, former deputy editor of The Sunday Times magazine and founder of The Sunday Times EFG short story award. Word Factory runs a renowned mentorship award, The Apprentice Award. A vibrant programme of events, including readings, discussions, masterclasses, reading groups, pop-up events and festivals, bring together writers from across the UK.

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