£10,000 prize for northern writing
The closing date for submissions for the Portico Prize for Literature, given for fiction or non-fiction that evokes the North, is Saturday 31 July. The prize, which is biennial, offers £10,000 to the winner.
Journalist and author Gary Younge chairs the 2021 judges. The panel also includes broadcaster Melanie Sykes, novelist and former Portico winner Sarah Hall, poet Momtaza Mehri, and Anita Singh of the Daily Telegraph.
Lynne Allan, chair of the Portico Library, said: "We're thrilled to be working with this year's Society of Readers and Writers, whose passion and dedication to reading and writing will help us to select an initial longlist and shine a spotlight on the most important new writing about the North, in all its diversity."
The Portico Prize longlist will be announced on Tuesday 28 September, followed by the shortlist on Tuesday 7 December. The announcement of the winner will take place in January.
The Portico Library will host a longlist event and a shortlist readings event.
The 2020 Portico Prize went to Jessica Andrews for Saltwater (Sceptre).