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Northern Writers’ Awards 2017

Northern Writers’ Awards 2017 open for entry

We’re pleased to let you know that the Northern Writers’ Awards 2017 are now open for entry until 2 February 2017.

The Northern Writers’ Awards were founded by New Writing North in 2000 and have a reputation for identifying some of the best unpublished writing in the UK, with recent winners including the novelist Benjamin Myers, short story writer Carys Davies, and poets Andrew McMillan and Zaffar Kunial.

The literary agent Elise Dillsworth, writer Richard T Kelly, poet Clare Pollard, YA writer Juno Dawson and journalist Peter Wilby will judge the awards in 2017.

The Northern Writers’ Awards exist to recognise talent and support new work towards publication or broadcast.

In 2017 there is £40,000 worth of awards available for writers at different stages of their careers, including mentoringdevelopmental support and cash awards to buy time to write.

Forms supported include fictionnarrative non-fictionshort storieschildren’s and YAgraphic novelspoetry, and writing for television.

Find all of this year’s opportunities at


The Clarissa Luard Award

In 2015 Tony Harrison, Winner of the David Cohen Prize for Literature, nominated the Wordsworth Trust to receive the Clarissa Luard Award.  The Clarissa Luard Award is funded by Arts Council England, and given annually to a writer under the age of 35 or to an organisation that supports young writers.  The Wordsworth Trust has chosen to use the Award to fund a series of month-long residencies between November 2016 and March 2017.

Each residency offers an invaluable opportunity for exceptional poets under 35 years of age, from any cultural background and writing within any literary tradition, to spend time in the heart of the Lake District, an area of exceptional natural beauty that so much inspired William Wordsworth. You will have the opportunity to respond creatively to the Wordsworth Trust’s outstanding collection of manuscripts, books and fine art, and to contribute to our exciting Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project, ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’.

Each poet will be paid a fee of £1,750 for a one-month residency.

For the duration of your residency you will be provided with a self-catering cottage a short walk from Dove Cottage.

The Wordsworth Trust will reimburse work-related expenses such as travel and materials.

The Wordsworth Trust is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in employment, and it welcomes applications from all interested parties. Employment selection criteria will be related to the role, and appointments will be made on the basis of merit.

More information (opens in new window as a PDF document)

Closing date for applications: 8.00am on Monday 25 July 2016.