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Young Northern Writers’ Awards

Our Young Writers’ Awards are presented as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards. They recognise and support young writers based in the North of England. The awards are now open for entry until February 17 2022.

Young Writers' Awards

Young Northern Writers' Awards

This award is open to young writers aged 11-18 in the North of England. Young writers can submit creative work in any form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting and rap.

There are two age categories, 11-14 and 15-18. Entrants must be 18 years or under on Thursday 17 February 2022 when the awards close. The winner in each category will receive prize money of £150. Up to two writers may also be highly commended across the age categories.

Matthew Hale Award

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

This award is for a young person aged 11-18 based in the North of England. Entrants must be 18 years or under on 17 February 2022 when the awards close. Young writers can submit creative work in any form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting and rap.

There is one award winner each year. The 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, enrolment on a course, books, theatre tickets or a pass to a literature festival.

This award is judged by the family of Matthew Hale and New Writing North.

Applications for the awards are accepted in two ways:

  • through nomination from an adult working with the young person (for example, parents, teachers or other adults)
  • by application directly from the young person

Click the button below to apply for or nominate for the awards. You can read more about the awards, including submissions guidelines and information on eligibility criteria, by visiting the Northern Writers’ Awards website.

If you have any questions about either the Young Northern Writer Award or the Matthew Hale Award please contact the NWN Young Writers team on youngwriters@newwritingnorth.com.

*Please note the North of England is defined as the areas covered by Arts Council England in Yorkshire, North East and North West. We regret we are unable to accept submissions from outside these areas due to conditions in our funding from Arts Council England. 

2021 Winners

2020 Winners

2019 Winners

2018 Winners

Previous Winners

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