In 2018, Spread the Word will be launching a major new initiative – the London Writers Awards. Each year the London Writers Awards will deliver an intensive 10-month development programme of critical writing groups, masterclasses, 1-2-1 professional development coaching sessions and Writer Labs alongside networking opportunities with professional writers and the publishing industry.
The opportunity is aimed at emerging unpublished London writers aged over 18 with a focus on writers who are currently underrepresented in publishing; BAME, low income, LGBTQ+ and disabled writers, who are writing in one of the Award’s five categories:
* literary fiction (including short stories);
* commercial fiction (e.g. romance, crime, science fiction);
* writing for stage and broadcast media;
* YA/children’s and
30 emerging London-based writers aged 18+ will be selected via open application each year. The development programme is free for the selected writers and bursaries will be available for low-income and/or disabled writers.
Applications will open later in 2018. For more information and to receive alerts about the London Writers Awards, visit Spread the Word’s website.