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Young Writers’ Awards

Our young people’s categories of the Northern Writers’ Awards will open on 26 November 2020.

Young Writers' Awards

Young Northern Writer Award

This award is open to young writers in Year 7 upwards from 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, Year 7-9 and Year 10+. Entrants must be 18 years or under on Thursday 26 November 2020 when the awards open. The winner in each category will receive prize money of £150. Up to two writers may also be highly commended across the age categories.

Applications for this award are accepted in two ways:

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

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, lack of access to cultural opportunities or any other reasons.

This award is for a young person in Year 7 upwards (up to a maximum of 18 years of age) based in the North of England*. 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.

Applications for this award 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

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

Click the button below to apply for or nominate for the Matthew Hale Award. You can find out more, 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. 

2020 Winners

2019 Winners

2018 Winners

Previous Winners

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