The Northumbrian Association exists to celebrate the culture and heritage of Northumbria. It aims to promote knowledge and understanding of the traditions and culture of the region and does this in a number of ways.
It seems particularly important to the Association that young people in our region are encouraged to understand and appreciate their fine heritage and to be proud of being Northumbrian – a pride that will support them as they take their place in the world and deal with the choices they will inevitably face and the opportunites that will hopefully come their way. We are also aware there are many mature writers who nurse a passion for the region and who welcome an opportunity to share it with others.
The Northumbrian Association Writers Award is a competition aimed at writers both young and older. It invites them to research and write about something or someone, associated with the Northumbrian region, which attracts, intrigues or inspires them. Their challenge is to ignite the interest and passion of others through their writing.
The competition has three categories of writer: 11 - 14 years, 15 - 18 years and adults. The winner in each category is invited to a prestigious Award Ceremony to be presented with their prizes. All winners receive certificates, framed copies and multi-media publication of their work. Each of the winners also receives a substantial personal prize and, in addition, the winner of the adult award will hold the John Danby Adult Writer's Trophy for the year.
The submission deadline this year is the end of February 2017 for judging in March, notification to winners in April and awards presented at an evening of celebration in May.
We are extremely grateful to the Gillian Dickinson Trust for the ongoing sponsorship of this competition. The legacy of Miss Dickinson, who was a publisher of some note in the Tyne Valley, is specifically intended to encourage creativity in the young people of the North East. We hope the competition and associated prizes will be an incentive and encourage youngsters to continue to develop their creative writing.
Each year the inspirational writing lauding the qualities of our region that we see from all age groups humbles us. It is far too good to keep to ourselves so, with the permission of the writers, selected highly commended pieces, other than the winning entries, are to be published throughout the year in our newsletters and on our web-site for others to enjoy.