WriteNow: An Initiative for New Writers From Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House publishes across a wide range of genres including commercial and literary fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and classics. With authors ranging from Dorothy Koomson to Philip Pullman, Arundhati Roy to James Patterson, Roald Dahl to Zadie Smith and now they are looking for the next big thing….

“We want books to reflect everyone in our society, and to publish the stories which aren’t often told.

That’s why through WriteNow we want to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes writers from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers who have a disability, or come from a socio-economically marginalised background.”

What’s on offer?

150 writers will be invited to one of three insight days in London (Saturday 9 September), Bristol (Saturday 16 September) and Newcastle (Saturday 23 September).

During the day they will hear everything they need to know about getting published from authors, literary agents and Penguin Random House experts – as well as getting one-to-one feedback from editors.

10 exceptional writers will then be asked to join Penguin Random House’s year-long mentoring programme.  While there are no guarantees, ultimately they would love to publish these 10 writers.

Next Steps

Find out more at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/work-with-us/authors/writenow /

The deadline for submissions is midnight on 16th July 2017.

Penguin Random House’s WriteNow competition is delivered in partnership with writer development charities Spread the WordNew Writing North and Literature Works.

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