2023 Wilko Johnson

Writing Award

The Louder Than Words team, in partnership with Northern Gravy, Louder Than War, Omnibus Press and the University of Huddersfield are delighted to announce details of the 2023 Wilko Johnson Writing Award. All young writers (aged 16 – 25 or under on 10th November 2023) are invited to enter.

Each contestant should send in (via email) a maximum 500 word submission, in response to:

When we asked ChatGBT if there was a future for music journalism, it responded: “Yes, music journalism has a future […] Music journalism continues to play an important role in shaping public opinions about music, and as long as people continue to listen to music, there will be a need for journalists to write about it.”

What do you predict for the worlds of music, and music writing, in an age of AI?

All entries MUST be received by midnight on Friday 20th October, 2023 as a Word attachment to: WilkoPrize@NorthernGravy.com

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All winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes) will receive free entry to the award event at the Innside Hotel, Manchester on Sunday 12th November, 2023.

The winning entry will:
As part of their prize, the winner will receive 2 x full Festival Weekend Passes (worth over £140).
be published on the prestigious rock journalism website ‘Louder Than War’
be published on the Louder Than Words website
be published by Northern Gravy
receive an enviable collection of music books
* accurate at the time of advertising

The 2nd and 3rd prize winners will:
As part of their prize, the 2nd and 3rd prize winners will each receive 2 x Sunday Passes (worth over £60).
Receive a number of music books
* accurate at the time of advertising

The winner and all short-listed entrants of the competition will be announced by Wednesday, 1st November 2023.

Acceptance of the prize and/or attendance at the Award event must be received in writing to admin@louderthanwordsfest.com by midnight Friday 3rd November 2023, after which the prize will be awarded to the next winner in line.

Terms and Conditions

1 – By entering the Wilko Johnson Writing Award (©) you accept the following terms and conditions:
1.1 – The competition is open to all members of the general public aged 16 – 25 on 10th November 2023.
1.2 – Only one entry per person per Competition is allowed.
1.3 – The submission must be the entrants own work.
1.4 – Winners will be notified via email and will be required to respond within the time stated in the competition text.
1.5 – The judge’s decision is final.
1.6 – We reserve the right to request written proof of age of any winner.
1.7 – We reserve the right to disqualify any entrant if we have reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions.
1.8 – Prizes are correct at the time of posting the competition details. Those supplied by third parties cannot be guaranteed and may be subject to change.
1.9 – By entering the competition, entrants agree to take part in future publicity however, we will not pass your details to third parties without your consent.
1.10 – Louder Than Words does not accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition or as a result of accepting any prize.

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