Ian McMillan with Zaffar Kunial Chloe Daykin with Chris Mullin Cuckoo writer Hazel Atkinson Slide 5 Phoebe Power with Jean-Sprackland Fiction Winners at the 2014 Northern Writers' Awards New Writing Bursary winners

Northern Writers’ Awards 2015 winners announced

We are absolutely thrilled to let you know the winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2015, as selected by judges Louise Welsh, Caroline Sheldon, Daljit Nagra, Peter Wilby and Rachel Cooke.
The winners were announced at a ceremony in Newcastle last night Wednesday 24 June .There was a lot of joy in the room as the judges reflected on the tremendous quality of the work they read.
Daljit Nagra, who judged poetry submissions, said, “I found myself being constantly thrilled, moved to tears and made to laugh aloud at the range of the exciting poetic stories. I didn’t know judging could be so much fun, quite so rewarding.”
This year’s Northern Writers’ Awards are the biggest ever: 866 writers entered this year, and competition was absolutely fierce to win a share of the £46,000 prize fund. Over the coming year, New Writing North will support winners with advice, development opportunities, and in some cases mentoring or introductions to agents and publishers.
We hope you will join us in congratulating our winners:
Northern Writers’ Awards
Steve Ely
Charlotte Fairbairn
Mark Illis
Caleb Klaces
Okey Nzelu
Eileen Pun
Shelley Day Sclater
Degna Stone
Channel 4/Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards
Sharma Walfall
Nuzhat Ali
Clare Swift Short Story Award
CS Mee
Andrea Badenoch Award
Sally Jubb
Arvon Award
Sarah Wray
New Fiction Bursaries
Karen Featherstone
Martin Feekins
Amy Lord
Kay Ryder
Steve Timms
New North Poets
Kathleen Bainbridge Moran
David Borrott
Jared Carnie
Tom Cleary
James Giddings
Jasmine Simms

Young Writers’ Awards 

Cuckoo Young Writers Award
Zainab Abbass
Matthew Hale Award
Jowita Krasik
Conor Robinson Award
Wyatt Sugden

The Northern Writers’ Awards are supported by Northumbria University and receive funding from Arts Council England. Other prize partners in 2015 include Channel 4, Unbound, Arvon, The Literary Consultancy, The Poetry School, and the North East Chamber of Commerce. 

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Record entries for the Northern Writers' Awards 2015
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Featured author

Polly Atkin

Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her debut poetry pamphlet, bone song, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award 2009. In February 2014, her poem Forecast was engraved on a windowpane in the historic Globe Inn, Dumfries, as part of the Windows for Burns Night project. Read more

Featured award

The Andrea Badenoch Fiction Award

This award, worth £2,000 is supported by the friends and family of the late writer and was established in her name. This award is for first-time female writers over the age of 42, the age at which Andrea published her first novel. Read more

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