Penguin Random House accepting submissions for WriteNow scheme

Applications are open for WriteNow, Penguin Random House UK’s programme to find, mentor and publish new writers currently under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves, opens for applications today.

In their words:

“Through WriteNow we’re looking for new writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or writers with a disability, to help make books and publishing more representative of the society we live in.”

At the heart of the campaign are three insight days in London (9 September), Bristol (16 September) and Newcastle (23 September) where 150 writers will have the opportunity to get one-to-one feedback on their work from an editor, and meet literary agents and published authors.

10 of those writers will then be invited to join their year-long mentoring programme, working with a Penguin Random House editor to develop their manuscript. Ultimately, they hope to publish these 10 writers.

A number of arts organisations and authors are supporting WriteNow this year, including authors Nikesh Shukla, Kit de Waal, Afua Hirsch, Elif Shafak and Fox Fisher, as well as our regional partners Spread the Word, New Writing North and Literature Works.

How to apply: find out more and apply online.

Deadline: 16 July 2017

Source: direct contact



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