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Please note: Test Signal is a separate opportunity to the Northern Writers’ Awards. You may apply for Test Signal in addition to any Northern Writers’ Awards category.

Test Signal is a new anthology by Dead Ink Books working in collaboration with New Writing North, Bloomsbury Publishing, and C&W Literary Agency to showcase writing from the North. Composed of contributions from both established and emerging authors, Test Signal aims to celebrate northern writing and create pathways into the industry. 

New authors selected to feature in Test Signal will be paid for their contribution and offered a free consultation with an agent from C&W Literary Agency. There will also be a party with Bloomsbury Publishing to introduce all of the featured authors to editors and agents. 

We’re looking for high-quality short fiction and narrative non-fiction that showcases the best writing talent in the North. 

Please read the eligibility guidelines carefully. 

All of the work selected to be featured in Test Signal will be chosen by a panel from Dead Ink Books, New Writing North, C&W, and Bloomsbury Publishing. The final responsibility for selecting submissions remains with Dead Ink and all decisions are final. 

We accept literary short fiction, literary genre short fiction and short narrative non-fiction for Test Signal. Please submit an entry of up to 5000 words.