Helpful Links for Applying for a New Writers Award

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Category: Writing

We know that the idea of applying to a New Writers Award can be a daunting one, so we’ve pulled together some of our past blogs to help you at each stage of the process.

You can’t win if you don’t play
Even if you are unsure of your ability (don’t be, we all learn and grow as we read and write) or are daunted by the looming application, you have as good a chance as anyone else to be shortlisted and voted on by our panels. Check out Lucy Ribchester’s list of reasons to apply for a New Writers Award and get in there.

Tips on writing the application
Now that you’ve taken the plunge and decided to apply for an NWA, it’s a matter of sitting down and working through the application process. Before you start, it’s a good idea to read it through, understand the programme, and have decently solid thoughts on what genre you want to work in and what you want to get out of it. Take a deep breath and read over our five key pieces of advice for applying.

Getting the synopsis right
Once you’ve filled in the easy, fact-based sections of any application, then you have to stop and think about the parts that require more finesse. Have a think about the synopsis of your work, how you will showcase your ideas and what you want to work on and get out of the programme to which you are applying. For some tips on how to reflect your work, have a read of Nicola Morgan’s advice for writing a synopsis as an author.

What happens to your application?
You’ve done it. You filled in the application and hit send. Now what? Get the skinny on what happens to your application. Once the application deadline passes, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes on here at SBT before the applications are sifted and set out to the panel members. Then there’s the longlist, shortlist, and voting.

Post-NWA prepping
Whether or not you receive a New Writers Award, you should think of the whole process as a positive experience and consider what the next step can be. Think about the work you’ve done on the application and how you can turn that into something that could pique agents’ and publishers’ interest. Look at our practical information on creating a synopsis and get to plotting the future of your work.

The 2017 New Writers Awards are open for applications until Wednesday 6 July 2016 at midday. If you need more inspiration for applying, peruse the blogs by previous winners, read their experiences of getting published and hear them dispel common NWA myths.