Twenty-two published and unpublished authors last night (18th) shared the £40,000 prize fund at the Northern Writers' Awards, with five winners from Sheffield, an area included in the prizes for the first time.
In fiction, winners include Carys Davies, author of Some New Ambush (Salt), Carolyn Jess-Cooke, author of The Boy Who Could See Demons (Piatkus) and Sophie Coulombeau, author of Rites (Route Publishing). Picador's Ian Duhig, author of collections like Pandorama and The Speed of Dark, took home one of the poetry awards, as did Salt's Geraldine Monk, Suzannah Evans, author of Confusion Species (Smith/Doorstop Books), and Benjamin Myers, author of Pig Iron (Bluemoose Books).
Toby Martinez de las Rivas, published by Faber, was announced as the first ever winner of the International Residency Prize, winning a £5,000 cash prize as well as a two-week residency at New Writing North's partner organisation in Newcastle, New South Wales, in October 2013.
A further 10 authors will receive bursary prizes for their poetry or prose works-in-progress, in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (TLC), Arvon and the Poetry School. The 22 winning writers come from across the north of England and previous awards alumni include Sean O'Brien, Mari Hannah, and Niel Bushnell.
Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North, said: "This year we are bucking the trend of the economic climate and have grown the awards both in size and scale to ensure that the profile of writers from the North continues to grow. This year's winners hail from across the Greater North from Lancaster and Manchester in the West to Sheffield in the South of the region through to Newcastle and Whitley Bay in the North East.
"In fact, with five of the 22 winning writers from Sheffield alone, an area which previously wasn't eligible for the Northern Writers' Awards, this year has demonstrated that there's a clear role for New Writing North in helping to support and shape development for writers across a wider landscape."
The full winners for both the fiction and poetry prizes are:
Fiction: Carys Davies from Lancaster; Jordana Hill from Manchester; Carolyn Jess-Cooke from Whitley Bay; Jude Brown from Sheffield; and Sophie Coulombeau from York.
Poetry: Ian Duhig from Leeds; Geraldine Monk, Suzannah Evans and Beverley Ward, all from Sheffield; Benjamin Myers from Hebden Bridge; and Zaffar Kunial from Shipley.