Penguin Random House is running its hugely popular Write Now event again this year. In case you missed it, this is an opportunity for writers from under-represented communities to submit an idea and up to a thousand words of a novel or a non-fiction book to win a place on one of three insight days to be held in London, Bristol and Newcastle. From there ten writers will be chosen for a year long mentoring programme.
I entered this last year and was one of fifty chosen out of 1,100 to attend the London event. It was a great experience and a huge boost to my confidence and I made friends with other writers who I’m still in touch with today. Although I wasn’t one of the ones chosen for the mentoring programme in the end, I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to attend.
If you’re not sure whether to enter or not, I would say just do it. Write up your idea in the most concise way that you can, focusing on what’s original about your story.
Prepare your submission thoroughly. Check it for typos and stray adverbs. Ask someone else to read it through.
It is up to you to determine if you are from an under-represented group. Typically you could be from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities or a writer with a disability or from a socio-economically marginalised community. You will need to explain what group you belong to as part of your application.
The deadline is 16th July 2017.
You can read the full details here on the Penguin Random House website. Make sure you read the terms and conditions fully.