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Please note: you may only submit to one award, with the exception that you may additionally apply for a TLC Free Read. If you apply for any other award than a TLC Read, your submission will be discounted.

This programme will offer a package of support to three poets who are yet to publish a full-length collection. Poets who have published in anthologies or who have so far published pamphlets but not a full collection are eligible to apply. Writers published in other genres who are unpublished as poets may apply. You may be working towards a debut collection or a new pamphlet.

We’re delighted to be partnering with the Society of Authors to offer certain Northern Writers' Awards winners a year’s free membership to this professional trade union for writers.

You will need to prepare the following information to submit your application through our website entry portal. Please note the specific word count limits to the sections.


The creative work that you are submitting

To enter poets should submit up to 30 poems or an equivalent amount of longer sequences. Each submission of work must be accompanied by a commentary that describes the proposed project. This work should be prepared as a PDF or Word document that can then be uploaded via our application portal (you will be prompted to attach it when you are submitting).


Your commentary

You should also submit a short commentary about your collection-in-progress which outlines some of its key concerns and developments. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.