Applications are now open for WriteNow, Penguin Books’ programme to seek out, nurture and publish new writers from communities under-represented in UK and Irish publishing, in partnership with BBC Studios.
WriteNow gives you the tools, information and access you need to get published. It offers:
- A free workshop on how to get published, with published authors, literary agents and industry expert
- One-to-one feedback on your writing from a Penguin editor
- The chance to join a year-long programme, where you’ll be matched with an editor to offer expert support and advice while you work on your book, receive a £1,000 writing grant, and a free membership to the Society of Authors
- This year, for the first time, Penguin Books and BBC Studios are partnering to offer writers an opportunity to expand their understanding of both the publishing and TV industries.
Penguin are looking specifically for applications of commercial fiction novels that will engross and captivate readers. In particular we’re interested in reading compelling love stories, family drama, crime, thriller, and comedy novels.
This opportunity is open to any unpublished, unagented writers based in the UK and Ireland, who identify as coming from an under-represented background or community. For example, this includes but is not limited to, disabled writers, writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, Black, Asian, or minority ethnic writers, or LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) writers.
It is free to apply, and Penguin are looking for 1,000 words plus a synopsis in the first instance.
Deadline: Midnight on Sunday 8th January 2023
For any enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: BBC Writersroom