Lost Words Writing Competition


Calling all writers! We have partnered up with the Northumbrian Words Project and the Northumbrian Language Society to bring you a new writing competition which offers writers the chance to celebrate the North East dialect.

We’re inviting adults, aged 20 and over, to submit contemporary short stories between 500-1000 words in length which use The Word’s Word Bank of Lost Dialects as their inspiration.

The competition will open on Monday 28 October 2019 and the deadline for submissions will be midnight on Friday 28 February 2020.

The Word Bank of Lost Dialects is a collection of North East dialect words and phrases received by The Word during our popular Lost Dialects exhibition. These have been recorded and are accessible digitally to all entrants.

Entrants are expected to use the words and phrases to create a contemporary short story on any subject. Entries will be judged on the quality of the narrative as well as on the way they celebrate the North East dialect.

The winner will be announced on Saturday 6 June 2020 and the top 3 entries will receive cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25 respectively.

Entry is free (one entry per person) and all submissions must abide by the terms and conditions.

Please note: if you are aged between 12-19 years old you are able to enter our Young Writers Lost Words Writing Competition.

If you require any further information, please email the.word@southtyneside.gov.uk.


Word Bank of Lost Dialects

You are able to download a digital copy below. Physical copies are available to purchase at Shop @ The Word for £3.

Sponsored by: 

Northumbrian Words Project



Delivered in partnership with: 

Northumbrian Language Society