How do I know that you've received my application?
You should receive an automatic email confirming that we have received your application from Penguin Books. Please make sure you use Google Chrome when completing the application form. If you have applied but haven't received an automatic email please check your Junk; failing that please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can confirm whether we have safely received your application.
Do I need to be a UK or Republic of Ireland resident to apply?
Yes. As WriteNow is being run by Penguin in the UK and ROI our programme is only open to UK and ROI residents. You don't need to have permanent citizenship – just a current and valid UK address. If you are currently homeless or do not have a fixed address, but reside in the UK or ROI, please get in touch with the WriteNow team by emailing email@example.com.
Can I apply if I’m already supported by Spread the Word, Creative Scotland, Literature Wales or Arts Council Northern Ireland?
Absolutely. We would love to work with writers supported by our partners.
How will you decide who gets through to attend the WriteNow workshops and who doesn’t?
We will assess applications based on two factors:
Quality of writing and originality: assessed by a Penguin editor
Meeting our desired criteria: as part of your application we'll ask you to tell us, in your own words, why you feel your voice is under-represented in books and publishing. Your answer will be assessed by our partner Spread the Word, a writer development charity, together with members of our Human Resources team.