Word Factory Northern Apprentice Award opens for entry

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We are delighted to be working with the Word Factory to offer a programme of mentoring, support and opportunities to short story writers.

The Word Factory Apprentice Award has opened for entry until 3 May 2023. The award offers nine months of mentoring and a programme of support to two emerging short story writers.

In partnership with New Writing North, one of the places is offered as the Word Factory Northern Apprentice Award, part of the Northern Writers’ Awards and is open to writers based in the North of England.

The other award is open UK-wide to an emerging short story writer whose work has a political ethos. It is inspired by the work of previous winner Uschi Gatward, who died around the time of publication of her debut collection, English Magic (Galley Beggar Press, 2021).

The 2023 award will be judged by the acclaimed writer Jessie Greengrass, who will mentor the Word Factory Northern Apprentice, and Cathy Galvin, founder and director of the Word Factory.

Alongside the mentoring programme, winners will receive a £1000 bursary, membership of the Society of Authors and access to a programme of developmental activities from Word Factory and New Writing North.

Apply for the Word Factory Northern Apprentice Award through the Northern Writers’ Awards, here 

Apply for Word Factory Apprentice Award, which is open UK-wide and recognises work that makes a political impact, here