Northbound Book Award 2021 opens for entries

News - Prizes Tuesday, 15th December 2020

Winner receives £5,000 and publishing contract

The NorthBound Book Award has opened for entries. The award is for a work of fiction or narrative non-fiction by a writer based in the North of England, and offers the winner an advance of £5,000 sponsored by the University of York, a publishing contract with Saraband, and a package of support from award administrator New Writing North. It is part of writer development programme the Northern Writers' Awards, worth £40,000 in total. 

Will Mackie, senior programme manager (writing and awards) at New Writing North, said: "We're delighted to welcome the University of York as the supporter of the Northbound Book Award as we enter into our third year of working alongside Saraband. This unique award acknowledges that our region has a rich heritage of independent publishing and provides a potentially life-changing opportunity for the winner. We enter into our arrangement with the University of York and Saraband with excitement and optimism, knowing from our experience how creative partnerships have lasting and much sought-after benefits for all involved."

The closing date for entries is 18 February. Further details at

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