Leading book publisher Penguin is on the lookout for new writers and illustrators from under-represented communities, including Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities and writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds.
Its WriteNow programme is offering 150 writers and illustrators from across the country the chance to take part on one of three workshops in London (Saturday September 8), Liverpool (Saturday September 15) and Nottingham (Saturday September 29).
The workshops will hear from authors, illustrators, literary agents and Penguin Random House experts on how to navigate the publishing process and get work noticed. This includes learning techniques for editing your writing, developing your artwork, or getting tips on how to approach a literary agent.
To apply, you will need to include information about your book. What’s it called? What’s it about? What makes it special? You will also need to send up to 1,000 words of your creative writing and a supporting statement on how you meet the criteria.
Editors and designers from across Penguin Random House will assess applications, considering your talent and ability, as well as the originality of your story, idea or artwork.
Successful applicants will also receive one-to-one personal feedback from an editor or designer on your manuscript or illustrations. Penguin will then offer 10 new voices a year-long mentoring programme.
To find out more and apply, click here. The deadline for applications is Monday July 9.