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Young Writers’ Awards

Enter our young people’s categories of the New Writing North’s Northern Writers’ Awards. Open for applications between 15 November 2018 and 11.59pm 7 February 2019.

Young Writers' Awards

Young Northern Writer Award

This award of £200 is for a young writer aged 12–18. The young person can write in any creative form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting and rap.

There is one award in this category, although up to two writers may also be highly commended.

Applications are accepted in two ways:

  • through nomination from an adult working with the young person.
  • by application directly from the young person.

Judging panel: Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Richard Benson

You can find out more, including submission guidelines and information on eligibility criteria, by visiting the Northern Writers’ Awards site.

Matthew Hale Award

The Matthew Hale Award is open to young writers who show promise but lack the opportunity to pursue their talent. This could be for a number of reasons, including physical or mental ill-health, family circumstances, lack of access to cultural opportunities or any other reasons.

This award is for a young person aged between 12 and 18 years at the time of application.

Applications are accepted in two ways:

  • through nomination from an adult working with the young person.
  • by application directly from the young person.

We accept writing in any creative form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting and rap.

This award consists of a package of support created by New Writing North and is worth £500. The package will be tailored to the specific interests and needs of the winner, but could include anything from one-on-one mentoring with a professional writer, enrollment on a course, books, theatre tickets or a pass to a literature festival. Nominations for recipients of this award are invited from parents, teachers or other adults.

Judging panel: the family of Matthew Hale and New Writing North.

You can find out more, including submission guidelines and information on eligibility criteria, by visiting the Northern Writers’ Awards site.

2018 Winners

Previous Winners

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