The Tempest Prize will be awarded to one LGBTQ+ writer based in the North of England.

This award is open to poetry, fiction and narrative non-fiction. New, emerging and established writers can enter this award. 

The winner of the Tempest Prize will receive £1000, access to the Northern Writers’ Awards Network and mentoring from Andrew McMillan.

We’re grateful to Andrew McMillan, whose generous support has made this unique opportunity possible.

Read the Eligibility Guidelines here.

To enter writers will need to provide an extract of a work-in-progress. For fiction or narrative non-fiction this should be 3000-6000 words, along with a synopsis. For poetry, please enter up to 15 pages of poetry and a short commentary on your collection-in-progress. Please also answer the application questions.

To apply for this award you should be:

  • Living in the North of England at the time of entering and planning to remain here for at least another 12 months.
  • Over the age of 18.
  • Belonging to the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Working on a memoir, novel, young-adult novel, short-story collection, poetry collection or work of literary essays.
  • An unpublished, emerging or established writer.

For more information, please read the Eligibility and Terms and Conditions carefully.

For any enquiries, please read the FAQs. If you still need an answer, contact us at awards@newwritingnorth.com

This award is for a single unpublished short story of up to 1500 words. This opportunity is open to new, emerging and established writers. 

The winner of the Finchale Award for Short Fiction will receive £1000 and access to the Northern Writers’ Awards Network. 

The award is named after Finchale Priory, a place of retreat for the monks of Durham during the Middle Ages. We’re grateful to the writer Benjamin Myers, whose generous support has made this unique opportunity possible.  

Read the Eligibility Guidelines here.

To enter writers should submit a short story of up to 1500 words and answer the application questions.
Please note, you may enter this award in addition to one other award.
To apply for this award you should be:

  • Living in the North of England at the time of entering and planning to remain here for at least another 12 months.
  • Over the age of 18.


For more information, please read the Eligibility and Conditions of Entry carefully.

For any enquiries, please read FAQs. If you still need an answer, contact us at awards@newwritingnorth.com

The Sid Chaplin Award is for writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction who identify as originating from a working-class background.

The winning writer will receive a bursary of £2000; a manuscript appraisal from The Literary Consultancy; advisory sessions from the writer Michael Chaplin; an introduction to the North Agency; and access to the Northern Writers’ Awards Network.

The award is made in memory of the writer Sid Chaplin (1916–1986) whose novels such as The Day of the Sardine and The Watchers and the Watched are celebrated for their stylistic mastery and their vivid depictions of working-class life in North East England.

We are very grateful to the Chaplin family, the North Agency and Newcastle University for their support of this award.

Read the Eligibility Guidelines here.

To enter writers should submit a sample of 3000–6000 words and a synopsis and answer the application questions.

To apply for this award you should be:

  • Living in the North of England at the time of entering and planning to remain here for at least another 12 months.
  • Over the age of 18.
  • Identify as originating from a working-class background.
  • Working a memoir, novel, young-adult novel, short-story collection or work of literary essays.
  • An unpublished, emerging or established writer.

For more information, please read the Eligibility and Terms and Conditions carefully.

For any enquiries, please read the FAQs. If you still need an answer, contact us at awards@newwritingnorth.com

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