Northern Writers’ Awards

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Closed. Re-opening 2019. The Northern Writers’ Awards comprise a number of different individual awards, and you can only enter one category, unless otherwise stated. Check out their website for full details, but some of the categories of interest to poets are below:

Northern Writers’ Awards for Poetry

Winning poets will receive awards of between £500 and £5,000 to support them to develop work in progress and to complete promising collections. Submit up to 30 poems or an equivalent amount of longer sequences, and a commentary that describes the proposed project. Judged by Imtiaz Dharker.

Cuckoo Young Writers’ Award

This award of £200 is for a young writer aged 14–18 who is writing poetry, prose or creative non-fiction. Judged by Lisa Williamson.

TLC Free Reads Scheme

Up to five poets, prose writers and children’s writers will receive an in-depth editorial report on their work in progress, worth up to £300 each. You must be working towards a full-length work (e.g. a novel, work of creative non-fiction, poetry collection or short-story collection), but your manuscript does not have to be complete. Please note, you may enter this award in addition to one of the other award categories. They especially welcome entries from people who may have faced barriers to seeing their work progress for reasons of social status, disability, ethnicity and/or sexuality.

Northumbria University Student and Alumni Award

This award, worth £2,000, is open to writers of fiction and poetry who are either final-year students or recent graduates from any discipline at Northumbria University who are based in the North of England. The award is open to students and graduates from any discipline who are: final-year undergraduates; current postgraduate students or alumni who have graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at Northumbria University within the last two years (since 2015).

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