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This award is for a single unpublished short story of up to 1500 words.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

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