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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 other than a TLC Free Read, your submission will be discounted.

These awards are worth between £2,000 and £5,000. They support writers to develop work in progress and to complete books and collections of work. These awards are open to applications from both emerging and established writers.

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

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).

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.