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Northern Writers’ Awards 2021 submissions are now open and writing development agency, New Writing North and Northumbria University are inviting entry writers from across the North of England to send in their unpublished work-in-progress for the chance to win a share of £40,000 in cash awards and professional development.

The awards recognise talent and support new work towards publication or broadcast and are the largest of their kind in England. They have a reputation for identifying some of the country’s best unpublished writing and winners of the award will join an impressive list of more than 300 writers, many of whom have gone onto critical acclaim.

The awards available include the Northern Writers’ Awards flagship awards, which supports writers of fiction, narrative non-fiction, YA, graphic novels, short stories and poetry. The Hachette Children’s Novel Award is open to debut children’s writers with a full-length manuscript and the Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards offer two emerging writers development opportunities within television. The Northern Debut Awards offer structured developmental support to writers who are yet to publish a full-length work. The Andrea Badenoch (1951-2004) award is open to debut writers over the age of 42 who self-identify as women or non-binary. The Northumbria University Student and Alumni Award is open to final-year students and recent graduates of the university in any discipline and those who identify as originating from a working class background can apply for the Sid Chaplin Award. Other awards are available, to see the full list click here

Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive of New Writing North, adds, ‘We’re very excited to open this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards and we look forward to reading work-in-progress from writers across the North.

We’re grateful to all of our partners for their investment in the Northern Writers’ Awards, which has enabled us to build a major northern programme that identifies and fast-tracks talent into the creative industries and has a fantastic record of success. Through the awards programme we are able to both nurture individual writers with tailored support at a crucial stage of their careers, and contribute to addressing the imbalance of the London-centric publishing and broadcasting industries.’

Writers are invited to submit their work to the Northern Writers’ Awards 2021 before midnight on Thursday 18 February 2021. To apply, click here.

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