Writers

Through WriteNow we want to find new 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 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 also be at least 18 years old and be resident in the UK. We'll also ask you to submit your manuscript in English.
     

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, in your own words, whether you’re writing serious non-fiction about personal development or penning the next The Girl on the Train thriller.

Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK, addresses writers at Bristol's WriteNow workshop

Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK, addresses writers at Bristol's WriteNow workshop