For six years, the awards have celebrated the best online writing in the city, raising Manchester’s image nationally and internationally as a blogging hotspot where technology and creativity sit happily side by side. From the start, MBA has taken place during Manchester Literature Festival and it continues to encourage a vibrant blogging, writing and live literature scene in the city.
Visit the Manchester Blog Awards website to nominate your favourite Manchester blogs in the following categories: Best Writing, Best Arts and Culture Blog, Best City or Neighbourhood Blog, Best New Blog and Best Personal Blog. Nominations close on Sunday 18 September after which a shortlist will be drawn up for each category and opened up to a public vote. The results of this process will be tallied with the choices of a judging panel to determine the winners.
The winners will be announced at a special Blog Awards event during Manchester Literature Festival at 7pm on Wednesday 19 October at The Deaf Institute (for booking information, visit the MBA website). As well as the glittering awards ceremony and readings from the best and brightest of the city's bloggers, the winners of The Real Story creative non-fiction competition will take to the stage and novelist Socrates Adams will read extracts of his forthcoming debut, Everything’s Fine (Transmission Print).