CLOSING SOON: Ian Bell Award for New Writing
Entries close on 30th November for the Ian Bell Award, for young writers who have yet to break into professional journalism. The winner will be announced in early February 2020, and will receive a prize of £500; runners-up will receive £100. Entries should be in the critical spirit of Ian Bell, left, and written in a style – lively, taut, provocative but thoughtful – suitable for online and newspaper publication. The subject can be drawn from politics, culture, modern society, history, international affairs, Scotland, or related topics, and can be investigative reporting or informed commentary. Entrants should be aged 30 or under at 30 November 2019, be living, working or studying in Scotland, and do not need to be NUJ members. Submissions should not have been previously published in any medium. Each entrant may submit up to two entries, each of between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Please do not exceed the word limit. Please submit entries by email, together with your name, date of birth and place of work/study (if any), to email@example.com by midnight on 30 November 2019.