About you

This year, we want to find under-represented writers working on children's books through WriteNow. This means:

  • We’re looking for new writers, so you won’t have published a book in the last 10 years through a commercial publishing house. You also won’t have a literary agent or publishing contract at the moment.
  • You’ll come from a background that you believe is currently under-represented in books and publishing. We’ll ask you to tell us in your own words what this means for you. For example, you could be from a socio-economically marginalised background, identify as Black, Asian, or minority ethnic or LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer), or be disabled.
  • You’ll be at least 18 years old and be resident in the UK or Ireland. 
  • We’ll also ask you to submit your manuscript in English.
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About your writing

We know that great stories come in all shapes and sizes. This year we are looking for writers of middle grade, chapter and picture books – in other words, books for children aged 0-12 years old. 

Although we're asking you to submit up to 5,000 words, we don't expect everyone who applies to have a full manuscript. If you can't meet the 5,000 word limit don't worry - the most important thing is your idea and the writing you've done so far. 

To help get you started on your WriteNow application...

Please note that we are only accepting applications for children's books aimed at 0-12 year olds this year. 

Applications for young adult and adult fiction and non-fiction will open in Spring 2022.

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