Monday 17 December 2012

Northern Writers’ Awards open for submissions across the north of England

£40,000 up for grabs as search begins for literature’s leading northern lights

Whether you’re an author of crime fiction, a children’s novelist or short story writer, whether your passion is poetry or prose, New Writing North want to see your submissions. New and established writers alike are being encouraged to enter for the awards, which are now open to wordsmiths from all over the north of England – from Carlisle to Castleford, Leeds to Liverpool and Humberside to Tyneside.

Originally aimed at writers living in the North East, the annual awards scheme has now been expanded to include entrants from the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, while the prize fund has increased dramatically, thanks largely to a new partnership with Northumbria University.

The awards have different categories for new and established writers, and for prose and poetry. Prizes include bursaries for writing courses, professional critiques on your work in development, cash prizes to help you buy time to write, and even an international residency in Newcastle, Australia, with an exchange with the Hunter Writers’ Centre.

You have until 5pm on Thursday 31st January to enter, and you can get all the information and apply at

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