Word Factory Apprentice Award 2021/22

It is a tremendous honour to welcome two talented writers to the Word Factory family – the winners of the 2021/22 Word Factory Apprentice Award.

Deborah Yewande Bankole
Amy Stewart

Please say hello to our new Apprentices Deborah Yewande Bankole and Amy Stewart and to specially commended writer Gillian Watson.

We are proud that the award, offering a place in the Word Factory community and nine-month mentorship, has created a national template for developing writing talent since 2014 with the support of Arts Council England, and our partners this year New Writing North and the Society of Authors.

Enormous thanks to all our supporters, apprentices and judges – and this year in particular to mentors Toby Litt and Catherine Menon, and to judges Leone Ross, Paul McVeigh, Cathy Galvin and Will Mackie.

What we write transforms not only ourselves but the world around us. That’s a big commitment and we are looking forward to  working with the recipients of the award and their fellow alumnae as we prepare for our tenth anniversary in 2022.

Cathy Galvin
Director, The Word Factory

Our 2021 Apprentice Award winners

Read more about our 2021 Apprentice Award winners.

Apprentice Award Alumnae

Read more about our Apprentice Award alumnae and their mentors.

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