About you

Through WriteNow we want to find writers with different stories to tell. 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 BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer), or have a disability.
  • 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 and we would love applications from writers in all genres, including fiction and non-fiction, adult and children's. We want to hear your perspective, and in your own words, whether you're writing serious non-fiction about personal development or penning the next Jack Reacher thriller.

Fiction writers

We would be particularly excited to get applications from writers in the following genres: commercial fiction, women’s fiction, crime and thriller, romance, or science fiction. While we aren’t accepting poetry submissions, we would be happy to receive verse novels and short story collections.

Children's writers

We think it’s particularly important for children and young people to see themselves reflected in the stories they read. We would especially like to receive applications from people writing picture books for young children or writing for 9-12 year olds.

Non-fiction writers

We would love to see books that help change people’s lives for the better. This could be in fields such as personal development, business, or health and fitness; writing that promotes an understanding of the world through history, social commentary or politics; or writing that explores the natural world, philosophy or creativity. 

Please note that we're not able to accept submissions in cookery, graphic novels or poetry.

Please note applications for WriteNow 2020 are now closed.

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