Spread the Word is accepting submissions for a limited number of written feedback reports from literary agent Kate Barker.

Kate is offering to provide written feedback on up to 6-8 manuscripts by writers from under-represented backgrounds based in London, UK. She is looking for fiction for adults – specifically narrative-driven and character-driven novels that are commercial, reading group or literary. She is not accepting science fiction or fantasy.

Please read through all the information on this page before you submit.

We define writers from backgrounds under-represented in publishing as:

  • Have low household income

  • Have experienced a lack of academic and/or vocational training opportunities – i.e. have not been able to study/train to your full potential due to low income, ill health, being a carer etc.

  • Are or have been a carer

  • Have experienced homelessness

  • Are a single parent

  • Have a disability

  • Are from a black or other ethnic minority background

What do we need from you?

  • A sample of your writing; up to 2,000 words from the beginning of your book

  • A synopsis of the book (no more than 2 sides of A4)

  • A covering letter that includes:

    What stage you are at with your book ie.: have you just started /  nearly finished / completed

    How you meet the criteria for this opportunity

    A summary of your writing endeavours to date (e.g. Have you taken part in writing development opportunities? Have you mainly been writing on your own at home?)

How to apply

Please note this opportunity is only open to writers based in London, UK.

You can apply via Submittable:

Only one entry per applicant will be accepted.


Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 21 May 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted in June 2018.

About the Agent

Kate Barker has worked in book publishing for 20 years as an agent, editor and ghostwriter. She was previously an Editorial Director for Viking Penguin and has also worked for Orion, Curtis Brown and Bookouture. Kate is actively building a list across fiction and non-fiction. You can find her on Twitter @Kate7Barker

Published 19 April 2018