News: open call for North East New Narratives Comp

New Writing North is commissioning at least 12 new pieces of work from writers who live and work in the north of England. As part of its “New Narratives for the North East” programme writers can submit commission proposals  by midday on Monday 20 January 2020.

Each commission has an inclusive fee of £2,000. The fee is expected to cover all costs related to the research, delivery and promotion of the creative work. The work produced must be original and be made specifically for this project, however if it builds on an existing body of work or ideas organisers are happy to consider that too.

Application is by the submission of a 750-word statement about the new work that you would like to create, a 500-word summary of why you’d like to tell this story now, along with a 250-word biography of your writing achievements and a sample of your work which should not be longer than 1,000 words. Applications are to be made online only here.

Here’s more about what they are after.

“We are asking writers to look beyond the flux and rhetoric of the current moment to explore how the contemporary North East ticks; to consider the heritage of our region; and to inspire us with new ideas about what its future story might be.”

“With each piece of original writing, we want to get under the skin of the region. We’ll be commissioning broadly across the forms of creative non-fiction, documentary reportage, fiction, poetry, verbatim accounts, and personal memoir to find new narratives for the North East.”