Applications have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.

For writers: As part of your application we'll ask you to tell us about your book. What's it called? What's it about? What makes it special?

We'll also ask you to send us up to 1,000 words – it could be the opening chapter, or a later section of your book which you’re particularly proud of. It's up to you. 

For everyone: in 250 words, we will also ask you to tell us how you meet our criteria

Editors or designers from across Penguin Random House will assess your application, considering your talent and ability, as well as the originality of your story, idea or artwork.

Important dates

Step One: Applying to attend a WriteNow workshop

Monday 21 May - Applications open

Monday 9 July - Applications for writers close at midnight 

Monday 23 July - Applications for illustrators close at midnight

Thursday 9 August - Writers -  we’ll let you know if you've been accepted to attend a WriteNow workshop. If you’re a writer, we'll also ask you to send us a further 5,000 words for your one-to-one session with an editor before 27 August. 

Thursday 30 August – Illustrators - we’ll let you know if you’ve been accepted to attend our WriteNow Nottingham workshop. We’ll ask you to bring along examples of your art or design work on the day.

Saturday 8 September - WriteNow London 

Saturday 15 September - WriteNow Liverpool

Saturday 29 September – WriteNow Nottingham

Step Two: Shortlisting for the WriteNow mentoring programme

Friday 5 October: We'll be in touch to let you know if you've been shortlisted for the mentoring programme. Writers, we’ll ask you to send us your full manuscript – what you’ve written so far. Illustrators, we’ll ask you to send us your take on your favourite picture book - not the whole book, just one colour spread.

Monday 22 October: Deadline to send us your full manuscript for writers or completed artwork for illustrators

November: We'll arrange a short phone call with each of the writers and illustrators who have been shortlisted for the mentoring programme at a time that suits you, while giving our editors time to read your full manuscripts

Early December: We'll announce the 10 writers and illustrators who've made it onto our mentoring programme