Flight 1000 offers three London-based aspiring publishing professionals from a background underrepresented in publishing 1000 hours over a year of training, placement and editing experience and skills development paid at London living wage.

Flight 1000 is a bursary scheme that helps writer-editors find career pathways in the publishing industry. The scheme is designed to help open up opportunities for people from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the industry.

Flight 1000 Associates are paid for 1000 hours of work across 12 months, during which they become part of the team at Spread the Word. In their year, Associates are responsible for managing, editing and marketing Flight Journal, their online journal of short fiction. Flight 1000 Associates are also funded to study editing and proofreading courses that will help them develop the hard skills they need to progress their careers.

Alongside their work on the journal, Flight 1000 Associates take up part-time placements at literary organisations and publishing houses. The bursary covers the payment for their time on the placements, which enables Associates to take up opportunities that they might otherwise have had to miss out on. Previous and current partners providing placements include: Comma Press, 3AM Magazine, Vintage Books, The Literary Consultancy, Influx Press, Jacaranda, One World.


I’ve learned so much from mentors and the other Flight Associates, who brought fantastic qualities and experience to the scheme. I have constantly challenged myself with the support of Spread the Word and my team mates. Through working with an independent publisher, I have gained an insight into how best to channel my existing skills, and what I need to build on. It’s been an unforgettable experience.

Shreeta Shah Flight 1000 Associate 2016


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