Penguin has opened applications for WriteNow 2018, their programme which aims to find, mentor and publish new writers and illustrators from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.
“We launched WriteNow because we know that books don’t reflect everyone in our society – there are still too many stories which are not being told, and too many voices which are overlooked. We want this to change.”
- Free workshops in Liverpool, London or Nottingham where budding writers and illustrators can learn more about the publishing process, hear from published authors and literary agents, and receive one-on-one feedback on their work from one of our editors or designers;
- Chance to join their mentoring programme, being matched with a Penguin editor or designer for a year to develop their book or artwork.
“Now entering its third year, WriteNow is already having a tangible impact on our publishing – so far we’ve signed deals with 5 writers from the programme, with many more to come.”
Who can apply: the programme is aimed at people from under-represented communities including Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities and writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds. It is open to illustrators of children’s picture books this year for the first time.
How to apply: writers and illustrators need to visit www.write-now.live for full details.
Deadline: 9 July 2018
Source: direct contact