Northumbrian Association Writers’ Award 2018 – Entries Now Open!

Do you eat a stottie for your tea or nip into the toon for a brew with your marras? Are you in love with the coasts and castles of the North East, think we’re the friendliest people this side of Hadrian’s Wall, or proud of the place that powered the industrial revolution with its rich mining heritage and bustling ports?

Entries are now open for the Northumbrian Association Writers’ Awards 2018. Aspiring writers are being invited to put forward creative work inspired by our region. Whether living locally or holding fond memories, writers are being asked to describe what they love about the North East; ourbeautiful landscapes and iconic buildings, family traditions and local characters. Previous entries have explored everything from Grace Darling to Greggs, Bamburgh Castle to the Big Meet, as well as events such as Lumiere and the outstanding variety of attractions and destinations in the region.

Entries can be prose, poetry, a song or any form of literature up to 500 words, and prizes will be awarded in three age categories – 11-14 years, 15-18 years and adults. The deadline for entries is Friday, 16th November at 5pm.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony at Beamish Museum onTuesday 11th December 2018.

The Northumbrian Association aims to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the region’s distinctive culture, traditions and identity, which are celebrated in the annual Writers Awards.

Richard Evans, Director of Beamish Museum, and Chair of the Northumbrian Association, said: We are so proud to be able to celebrate creativity from our region’s writers with this award and I can’t think of anything more inspiring than the North East itself, with all its fascinating history, beautiful landscapes and distinct traditions.

The winner in each of the three categories will receive £100 in Amazon vouchers. A runners-up prize will also be awarded.The Gillian Dickinson Trust is delighted to sponsor this Award, continuing its long association with the Northumbrian Association in encouraging young people to write descriptively and passionately about North East England.

The deadline for entries is Friday, 16th November at 5pm. Work must be original and must not exceed the 500 wordlimit. Send entries to Ashley Bell by email ashleybell@beamish.org.uk or post to Partnerships Office, Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG.