Each year the Dalesman Awards celebrate the men, women and businesses that make Yorkshire great.

This year’s ceremony takes place in May and nominations are now open, so if there is an individual or company that you think deserves recognition, please let us know. There are a number of categories:

  • Yorkshireman/Woman of the Year
  • Young Achiever of the Year
  • Agricultural Business of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Yorkshire Rural Tourism Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ian McMillan New Writing Award

New this year is the Ian McMillan New Writing Award, which will put the spotlight on new creative talent. Ian explains, “It seems to me that we’re in the middle of a boom in nature writing; poets like Alice Oswald and prose writers like Richard Mabey and John Burnside are writing exquisitely about the natural world and our responses to it.

“The Dalesman has, of course, always been full of descriptive prose about the Yorkshire landscape and the flora and fauna of the White Rose County. I’d like to celebrate this by nominating someone, a poet or a prose writer, as the New Yorkshire Nature Writer of 2013; this isn’t a competition but if you write about the natural world, particularly the natural world in Yorkshire, we’d love to see some of your work. It could be an account of a stroll through the Dales or a midnight walk along the River Sheaf in Sheffield: what we’re looking for are exciting writers that we can nurture and foster through the pages of the Dalesman.”

If you would like to make a nomination in any of the award categories, or enter the New Writing award, please email us at: editorial@dalesman.co.uk or write to: Dalesman Awards, Dalesman, The Water Mill, Broughton Hall, Skipton BD23 3AG. The deadline is March 25, 2013. There is no application form, just send us your nomination along with any supporting material. You can nominate yourself or somebody else and people can be nominated for more than one award. Nominations will be treated with confidence.

This year’s judges are:
Gary Verity, Keith Madeley (MBE), Linda Pollard (OBE, JP, DL), Adrian Braddy, and Robert Flanagan

This year’s sponsors are:
Welcome to Yorkshire, Clarion, Dales Holiday Cottages, Armstrong Watson, Skipton Building Society, and Yorkshire Bank

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