Announcing our judges for 2014

By at 16 September, 2014, 3:02 pm

We’ve got a fantastic judging panel lined up for this year’s Blog North Awards: Emma Jane Unsworth is the author of  two novels: Hungry, the Stars and Everything, which won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize in 2012; and Animals, whichwas published by Canongate in May 2014, and is being […]


Why didn’t my blog make the shortlist?

By at 26 September, 2013, 3:52 pm

This is one question we get asked a lot. Unfortunately, we can’t answer it. We get hundreds of entries every year, and if we tried to give feedback to each individual blogger who entered, we wouldn’t have time to do anything else with our lives. And you know, we like talking about blogs, but we […]


Who’s judging the 2013 awards?

By at 26 September, 2013, 2:14 pm

We couldn’t run this competition without help from our judges, the wise and wonderful people who, each year, give freely of their time to read a shedload of blog posts and help us pick the best bloggers. So today we’re pleased to introduce The 2013 Blog North Awards judging panel:     Award-winning novelist Jenn Ashworth, […]


Entries for 2013 opening soon

By at 1 August, 2013, 2:58 pm

We will be opening entries for the 2013 Blog North Awards in early August. Please stay tuned for details on how to enter and full information about this year’s Blog North Awards event, which will be taking place at Gorilla, Manchester on Wednesday 16 October 2013 at 7:30pm. Save the date!  


Awards night 2012 recap

By at 26 October, 2012, 10:45 am

What a night. On 17 October, the first ever Blog North Awards drew a capacity crowd to Manchester’s Deaf Institute to enjoy readings from shortlisted bloggers, indulge in some light boozing and/or schmoozing, and hear the long-awaited announcement of the 2012 winners. Impressively, we had people traveling from all across the North for the night’s […]


And the winners are…

By at 17 October, 2012, 11:31 pm

The inaugural Blog North Awards took place on 17 October at Manchester’s Deaf Institute. Here are the results: Best Arts and Culture Blog The winner: A Negative Narrative The runner up: Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second Best City or Neighbourhood Blog The Winner: Sevenstreets The runner up: Unicycle Emptiness Best Food and Drink Blog The winner: Around the […]


Announcing our sponsors and partners for 2012

By at 11 October, 2012, 1:58 pm

With the inaugural Blog North Awards on the horizon, we’d like to announce the event’s sponsors and partners: A hearty thanks to WordPress hosting company in Manchester, UK. Thanks to them, this year’s winners will take home a domain name and free hosting for a year! We’re also delighted that Creative Tourist, the arts magazine […]


How it all happens

By at 2 October, 2012, 3:04 pm

In case you’ve been wondering how the process works, here’s a short summary of how Blog North Award winners are selected: From the first day nominations open, the Openstories team look at every entry for the Blog North Awards, making a longlist of especially good blogs worthy of consideration for the shortlist in each of […]


Shh! We’re reading blogs

By at 14 September, 2012, 12:45 pm

Wondering why it’s all gone quiet on here? Well, we’re busy reading through entries. All 543 blogs are being scrutinised this week as we draw up our shortlist. Stay tuned for an announcement soon…


2012 judges revealed

By at 24 August, 2012, 11:17 am

We’re very happy to announce the judging panel for the 2012 Blog North Awards:     Stuart Maconie, author, journalist and and broadcaster     Meg Pickard, head of digital engagement at Guardian News and Media     James Brown, editor of Sabotage Times and previously, loaded and GQ magazines     Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New […]