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The Channel 4 Writing for TV Awards are open for submissions until 11.59pm on Thursday, 17 March 2022.

All other categories of The Northern Writers’ Awards are now closed for submissions.

The winners of the 2022 Northern Writers’ Awards will be announced during the week of 27 June 2022.

Follow these steps when making your application

1

Read the list of available awards below to help you decide which award best suits your writing.

You can enter for one award, except that you may enter for a TLC Free Read, the Arvon Award or the Finchale Award for Short Fiction in addition to another award.

2

Carefully read the eligibility criteria for the award you have chosen to ensure that you can apply for it. The Awards are only open to writers based in the North of England.

3

Read the entry questions carefully. You may save a draft of your submission in the submissions portal, however, it is highly recommended that you draft your answers offline initially so that you don’t lose any work.

4

Prepare your synopsis and writing sample carefully so that they are ready to upload. Once submitted, your application can no longer be edited.

5

Use the Frequently Asked Questions to guide you while you make your application. Most queries will be answered here, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us. Our website also includes various resources that may be useful as you construct your application.

Dates and Details

  • The winners of the 2022 Northern Writers’ Awards will be announced during the week of 27 June 2022. The 2022 announcement may take place virtually, although we are hoping that we will be able to host an event in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • All successful and unsuccessful applicants will hear from us by 14 June 2022.

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Lime Pictures

The award

There is one award available. The winner will be offered the unique chance to work closely with Lime Pictures through a placement on the serial drama Hollyoaks, mentoring support and a bursary worth £3000.

No writing experience is necessary. For these awards, we want to discover new writers from Northern England who would like to work in television. We especially welcome submissions from people of colour and those from LGBTQ+, disabled and lower socio-economic backgrounds, who are particularly under-represented in this area of the TV industry.

This award will be judged by: Lime Pictures, Channel 4 and New Writing North. A shortlist of candidates will be invited for interview in early June 2022.

C4/NWN Script Development Programme

Writers shortlisted for the Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards will be invited for interview. Shortlisted writers who do not win an award will be invited to participate in the specially created C4/NWN Script Development Programme. Writers will be expected to demonstrate that they have a script that has the potential to benefit from participation in this programme.

Shortlisted writers will be offered:

  • A £500 bursary.
  • Five sessions in an online writing group. The group will be led by an experienced writer and focus on developing writing skills and working towards a longer piece of work.
  • A feedback session with a producer or television writer.
  • Access to the Northern Talent Network.

Entry details

To enter writers should submit an outline of an original TV drama storyline (up to 400 words) and a sample script of no more than ten pages, and answer the application questions. Please note that writers who enter this award may also enter for Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Bonafide Films and Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Rollem Productions.

To apply for this award you should be:

  • Living in the North of England at the time of entering and planning to remain here for at least another 12 months.
  • Over the age of 18.
  • Writing for television and willing to commit to developing your work through the programme on offer.

Please read the eligibility criteria carefully.

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Rollem Productions

The award

There is one award available. The winner will be offered the unique chance to work closely with Rollem Productions through a long-term placement, a bursary worth £3000 and mentoring support. The winner will also be given access to the C4/NWN Northern Talent Network.

No writing experience is necessary. For these awards, we want to discover new writers from Northern England who would like to work in television. We especially welcome submissions from people of colour and those from LGBTQ+, disabled and lower socio-economic backgrounds, who are particularly under-represented in this area of the TV industry.

This award will be judged by: Rollem Productions, Channel 4 and New Writing North. A shortlist of candidates will be invited for interview in early June 2022. The placement will begin after September 2022.

C4/NWN Script Development Programme

Writers shortlisted for the Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards will be invited for interview. Shortlisted writers who do not win an award will be invited to participate in the specially created C4/NWN Script Development Programme. Writers will be expected to demonstrate that they have a script that has the potential to benefit from participation in this programme.

Shortlisted writers will be offered:

  • A £500 bursary.
  • Five sessions in an online writing group. The group will be led by an experienced writer and focus on developing writing skills and working towards a longer piece of work.
  • A feedback session with a producer or television writer.
  • Access to the Northern Talent Network.

Entry details

To enter writers should submit a pitch of an idea for an original storyline (up to 400 words) and a sample script of no more than ten pages. Please also answer the application questions. Writers who enter this award may also enter for Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Bonafide Films and Channel 4 Writing for Televison Awards – Lime Pictures.

To apply for this award you should be:

  • Living in the North of England at the time of entering and planning to remain here for at least another 12 months.
  • Over the age of 18.
  • Writing for television and willing to commit to developing your work through the programme on offer.

Please read the eligibility criteria carefully.

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Bonafide Films

The award

There is one award available. The winner will be offered the unique chance to work closely with Bonafide Films, receive a bursary of £3000 and mentoring support.

No writing experience is necessary. For this award, we want to discover new writers from Northern England who would like to work in television. We especially welcome submissions from people of colour and those from LGBTQ+, disabled and lower socio-economic backgrounds, who are particularly under-represented in this area of the TV industry.

This award will be judged by: Bonafide Films, Channel 4 and New Writing North. A shortlist of candidates will be invited for interview in early June 2022.

C4/NWN Script Development Programme

Writers shortlisted for the Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards will be invited for interview. Shortlisted writers who do not win an award will be invited to participate in the specially created C4/NWN Script Development Programme. Writers will be expected to demonstrate that they have a script that has the potential to benefit from participation in this programme.

Shortlisted writers will be offered:

  • A £500 bursary.
  • Five sessions in an online writing group. The group will be led by an experienced writer and focus on developing writing skills and working towards a longer piece of work.
  • A feedback session with a producer or television writer.
  • Access to the Northern Talent Network.

Entry details

To enter writers should submit an outline of an original TV drama storyline (up to 400 words) and a sample script of no more than ten pages, and answer the application questions. Please note that writers who enter this award may also enter for Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Lime Pictures and Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Rollem Productions.

To apply for this award you should be:

  • Living in the North of England at the time of entering and planning to remain here for at least another 12 months.
  • Over the age of 18.
  • Writing for television and willing to commit to developing your work through the programme on offer.

Please read the eligibility criteria carefully.

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