The London Writers Awards
The London Writers Awards are Spread the Word’s new annual development programme for talented London writers. The Awards’ aim is to increase the number of writers from under-represented communities being taken up by agents and publishers.
Each year, the Awards will offer up to 30 writers an intensive nine-month programme of masterclasses, critical feedback groups, WritersLabs, 1-2-1 coaching and networking opportunities. The 2018 Awards will run from September 2018 to May 2019.
WHO ARE THE AWARDS FOR?
The Awards are for: writers of literary fiction (including short stories), commercial fiction (for e.g.: crime, science fiction, romance), narrative non-fiction, YA/children’s (including middle grade and YA fiction, excludes picture books) and poetry, and are focused on supporting London-based writers of colour and working class, LGBTQ and disabled writers.
We are seeking talented writers who are committed to developing their work, their craft and their career.
Winners will be selected via open application and participation is free. Bursaries are available to writers who are most in need. An access fund is available to support writers with access requirements.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WIN AN AWARD?
You’ll become part of a critical feedback group meeting two times a month. Critical feedback groups are a proven way to take your writing forward, and you will receive feedback on your work at least four times. You’ll also get 1-2-1 professional development coaching.
You will participate in five craft masterclasses run by professional writers and five career masterclasses, run by industry speaks and experts. The career masterclasses will help you to build industry and business knowledge and gain practical skills.
You’ll take part in two WritersLabs. The first WritersLab (Saturday 22 September 2018), is where you’ll get to know your fellow writers; ask questions about the programme; be introduced to the critical feedback model through your group facilitator; meet and hear from the 2018 Judges and about the current publishing landscape and trends.
The second WritersLab (Thursday 23 May 2019), is where you’ll get to network and showcase your work to invited editors and agents.
All Awards activity will take place at venues with good transport links and full accessibility.
APPLY FOR A 2018 AWARD
Applications are now closed for the 2018 London Writers Awards. The 2019 London Writers Awards will open for submissions in May 2019.
If you have submitted work for the 2018 Awards, we will be back in touch with you w/c 13 August to let you know the outcome of your submission. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview on either Tuesday 21 or Wednesday 22 August 2018 at the Spread the Word offices at The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG.
The Awards are supported by Arts Council England and with sponsorship from ALCS.
If you are a publisher, agent or professional writer and interested in finding out more and potentially becoming a supporter or partner to the London Writers Awards, please contact: Ruth Harrison, Director at Spread the Word.