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These two awards are for young writers aged 12–18. We accept writing in any creative form including prose, poetry, scriptwriting, blogging, songwriting and rap.

Applications are accepted in two ways: 

• through nomination from an adult working with the young person. 

• by application directly from the young person

Please use this form if you are a young person applying for an award. If you are an adult who would like to nominate a young person, please use this form instead. 

The Young Northern Writer Award will recognise one young writer whose work shows exceptional promise. 

The Matthew Hale Award is open to young writers who show promise but lack the opportunity to pursue their talent. This could be for a number of reasons, including physical or mental ill-health, family circumstances, lack of access to cultural opportunities or any other reasons. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.