The Northern Book Prize – judging underway!

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To celebrate our arrival in Sheffield, we’ve launched a new book prize with New Writing North as part of this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards. Entries for the 2018 prize are now closed and judging is underway.


Why are we launching the Northern Book Prize?

We’ve just relocated to Sheffield, a city with a vibrant literary history in a region that’s bursting with great writers, and we want to demonstrate our commitment to Northern writers and to growing publishing in the North with this new prize.

We’re on the search for great books by great writers living in the North of England.

As our Editor Tara Tobler and Publisher Stefan Tobler say:

London is lovely but it isn’t necessary to be there. We hope to tap some of the extraordinary literary energy in the North and are confident the prize will only grow in prestige and popularity in the years to come.


The winning writer will be revealed at the Northern Writers’ Awards ceremony, to be held in Newcastle in June 2018. We’re aiming to launch the winning book during Off the Shelf 2018 or in early 2019. Unlike most awards that are part of the Northern Writers’ Awards, the Northern Book Prize is very much open to established as well as new authors.

For eligibility information, please click here.


  • Ian McMillan, poet and BBC broadcaster
  • Conor O’Callaghan, Lecturer in Creative Writing, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Tara Tobler, Fiction Editor, And Other Stories
  • Clare Malcolm, Chief Executive, New Writing North

For more information on our judges, click here.


The winner of the Northern Book Prize will receive:

  • £5,000 prize/advance
  • Creative editorial support from And Other Stories to develop the manuscript, if need be.
  • A contract for the book’s worldwide publication, distribution and representation from And Other Stories.
  • Developmental opportunities offered by New Writing North through the Northern Writers’ Awards, if need be.

The Northern Book Prize will form part of New Writing North’s Northern Writers’ Awards in 2018. The Awards are supported by Northumbria University, Newcastle and Arts Council England and are open to writers based in the North of England. Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive of New Writing North says:

We are delighted to be working with And Other Stories on the Northern Book Prize. We know from our experiences running the Northern Writers’ Awards that there’s a huge range of exciting and diverse talent in the North of England.




  1. Atar Hadari says:


    Is there a minimum length for manuscripts?

    Many thanks

  2. Laura Buckley says:


    Are extracts of novels/novellas permitted?


    • Nicky Smalley says:

      Hi Laura, the award is for a book-length work of fiction – that means novels, novellas and short story collections.

  3. JS says:

    What advice would you give to somebody who wishes to make a submission for this award, as well as submit their work to you generally? Is that allowed?


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