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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.

This programme will offer a package of support to four writers of fiction, young adult fiction or narrative non-fiction who are yet to publish a full-length novel or collection of short stories. One award will be made in memory of the writer Andrea Badenoch (please check the specific Eligibility criteria for the Andrea Badenoch Award).

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 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 of up to 600 words 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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.