9 July 2018
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WriteNow: A story can start anywhere.

Penguin Random House’s ‘WriteNow’ aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves.

We launched WriteNow in 2016 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.

It’s especially important for young children to see themselves, their families, cultures and communities reflected in the books they read, which is why this year we’re opening applications to budding illustrators of children’s picture books for the first time.

What’s on offer?

WriteNow gives you the tools, information and access you need to get published.

In 2018 150 writers and illustrators will be invited to one of three workshops in London (Saturday 8 September), Liverpool (Saturday 15 September) and Nottingham (Saturday 29 September).

During the workshop you’ll hear from authors, illustrators, literary agents and Penguin Random House experts on how to navigate the publishing process and get your work noticed. This includes learning techniques for editing your writing, developing your artwork, or getting tips on how to approach a literary agent. You will also get the unique opportunity to receive one-to-one personal feedback from an editor or designer on your manuscript or illustrations.

After getting to know you and your work, 10 exceptional new voices will be asked to join Penguin Random House’s year-long mentoring programme.  While there are no guarantees, so far five writers have already signed publishing deals with Penguin on the mentoring programme – with many more to come.

Who can get involved?

Penguin Random House are looking for voices currently under-represented in books and publishing. This includes writers and illustrators from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers and illustrators with a disability, or who come from a socio-economically marginalised background.

And who are Penguin Random House?

The UK’s number one book publisher. Connecting the world with the stories, writing and ideas that matter. Authors, brands and characters range from Ali Smith to Zadie Smith; Malorie Blackman to Margaret Atwood; Phillip Pullman to Peter Rabbit.

Applications Close: 

Writers – 09.07.2018 

Illustrators – 23.07.2018

Apply now!


Article by
Victoria Murray
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