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Local wordsmiths have two weeks to grasp a whopper of an opportunity by applying for the Northern Writers’ Awards 2015, closing 5pm on Monday 2nd February.

Entries have been flying in over the past few months from across the North of England. Set up in 2000 by New Writing North to recognise the very best in new and established talent, 170 gongs have been presented in genres as diverse as prose writing, children’s stories, poetry and creative non-fiction. More than £46,000 of prizes is for grabs, with bursaries ranging from £500 to £5000. All winners will also be invited to a publishing networking event in London, where they have the chance to pitch their work to industry bigwigs.

A top panel – including novelist Louise Welsh, poet Dajit Nagra and literary agent Caroline Sheldon – will be casting their expert gaze, not least to newest category, the Channel 4/Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards; if you fancy yourself penning the next Broadchurch, this might be your gig. There’s also the Cuckoo Young Writers Award, now in its second year, which gives talented youngsters an equal crack of the whip.

There’s been a series of “road show” events featuring publishers, agents and past winners; if you missed these, fret not: Chief Executive Claire Malcolm will be taking to Twitter on Thursday 22nd January to answer questions from prospective applicants. Apply now for an incredible opportunity to show that you have the write-stuff.

Writers interested in entering should visit the Northern Writers’ Award website to submit their application. You will need to submit a small sample of work and a synopsis within the application.

The awards will close for entry on Monday 2nd February at 5pm.

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