Ends on February 7, 2019

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, your submission will be discounted.

This new award is for writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction who identify as originating from a working-class background. Submissions may be on any theme or topic and can include memoir, novels, young-adult writing and short-story collections, and works of literary essays. Unpublished, emerging and established writers may apply for this award.

We’re delighted to be partnering with the Society of Authors to offer certain Northern Writers' Awards poetry and fiction winners a year’s free membership to this professional trade union for writers. Winners will also be invited to an introductory session with the Society of Authors on the day of our London Talent Salon.

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 writers must submit between 3,000-6,000 words of prose or two or more short stories (of no more than 6,000 words in total). This work should be prepared as a separate 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 synopsis

Each submission of work must be accompanied by a synopsis that describes the proposed project. For novelists the synopsis should describe the tone and narrative of the book and for short stories collections the synopsis should give us a clear idea of the themes and content of the collection that you are working towards.