Penguin Random House UK will host three new WriteNow events in London, Liverpool and Nottingham, a UNESCO City of Literature, in September 2018 as it continues to champion the discovery and development of new writing talent from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves.

With support from Spread the Word in London, New Writing North in Liverpool and Writing East Midlands and UNESCO City of Literature in Nottingham, the publisher will seek out and invite aspiring authors and illustrators from across the country to learn more about how to get their book published, receive personalised one-on-one feedback from an editor or designer, and have the chance to join a year-long mentoring programme.

Working in partnership with national charity BookTrust, this year’s WriteNow programme will also be calling for entries from British-based picture book illustrators for the first time; an area of publishing which has historically seen less representation. By opening up the programme to illustrators, Penguin Random House hopes not only to seek out, inspire and support new talent in this space; but also to ensure that the picture books it publishes represent the lives, cultures and communities of all children in the UK.


Penguin Random House CEO Tom Weldon speaking at last year's WriteNow Bristol event


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