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How it works:

Anyone can enter a blog (be it their own or someone else’s) for consideration by submitting a form on this page. People can nominate more than one blog. Please take note: stuffing the virtual ballot boxes with nominations for your blog is both pointless and annoying. Blogs only have to be nominated once to be in with a chance.

The organisers will use the nominated blogs and draw up a shortlist in each category, which will be posted in September. The public will be able to vote for their choices. The result of public voting will be tallied together with the choices of our judging panel (to be announced soon). The results will be announced at the Blog North Awards event and posted on the website the following day.

Who is eligible:

The awards are only open to people currently living and blogging in the North of England. Our border is the southern boundaries of Cheshire and Yorkshire; bloggers who live south of these counties will not be considered. (Yes, we know there are a bazillion different ideas about where the north begins, but this is what we’re going with.) Bloggers from Scotland and Wales will not be considered. Bloggers originally from the North who had the poor judgment to relocate elsewhere will not be considered. Employees of Creative Tourist, Openstories, The Culture Vultures, Manchester Literature Festival, Arts Council England or any of our sponsors will not be considered. Bloggers are responsible for declaring any potential conflicts of interest relating to our judging panel, partners or sponsors. Please note that you will only be eligible for the young blogger award if you will be under age 23 on the date of the awards evening.

Can I enter my own blog? Yes you can. Or you can also enter someone else’s. Or a lot of someone else’s.

Do I have to pay to enter the competition? No way. Entry is free.

Do I have to buy a ticket to the awards ceremony if I’m shortlisted? Nope. Naturally, we hope you’ll be able to join us on the night, but we understand that not everyone will be able to come. Tickets are usually around a fiver. We’re not doing this to make a lot of money out of the event, so we keep things low cost for everyone.

If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch with us directly at info@openstories.org.

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2014