The London Writers Awards

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Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021.

In 2018 Spread the Word launched 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The opportunity is aimed at emerging unpublished London writers aged over 18 with a focus on writers who are currently underrepresented in publishing; BAME, low income, LGBTQ+ and disabled writers, who are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 four categories:

  • Commercial Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Narrative Non-Fiction
  • YA/Children’s Fiction

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. 

For more information and to receive alerts about the London Writers Awards, visit Spread the Word’s website.