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London Writers Awards

THE LONDON WRITERS AWARDS IS SPREAD THE WORD’S ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR TALENTED LONDON WRITERS.

Launched in 2018, the London Writers Awards aim to increase the number of writers from under-represented communities being taken up by agents and publishers. To make the step change from  unpublished writers to being agented, writers need good sustained professional input and quality feedback to produce work that will be published. The London Writers Awards offer  this opportunity. 

The Awards focus on four genres of prose writing: literary fiction (including short stories), commercial fiction (for e.g.: crime, science fiction, romance), narrative non-fiction and YA/children’s (including middle grade and Young Adult fiction, excludes picture books) 

The Awards are free to participate in. Bursaries are available for writers in need and there is an Access Fund for disabled writers.

WHO ARE THE AWARDS FOR?  

The Awards is for London-based prose writers who identify as being from a background currently underrepresented in publishing. We consider these backgrounds to be: 

– Disabled
– LGBTQIA+
– Working class
– Black, Asian and Global Majority

Writers are  selected through  a free and open application process. The  programme  is for writers who  are committed to developing their work, their craft and their career.  

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE PROGRAMME?  

Awardees  become part of a critical feedback group meeting twice a month. Critical feedback groups are a proven way to take writing forward, and participants  will receive feedback on their work at least four times, as well as getting  1-2-1 professional development sessions.  

Awardees participate in craft masterclasses run by professional, aspirational writers, and career masterclasses run by industry speakers and experts. The career masterclasses will help Awardees to build industry and business knowledge and gain practical skills.  

Awardees take part in two WritersLabs. The first WritersLab is an opportunity for writers get to know their peers; ask questions about the  programme; be introduced to the critical feedback model through their group facilitator; meet and hear from the Judges and about the current publishing landscape and trends.  

The second  WritersLab  is where writers will get to network with invited editors, publishers  and agents.  

All Awardees receive 1-2-1 professional development sessions with members of the Spread the Word team to support their development, progress and wellbeing whilst on the programme.

All Awards activity will be fully accessible. 

WHERE CAN I FIND THE WRITERS CURRENTLY ON THE LONDON WRITERS AWARDS? 

The London Writers Awards 2022 writers are here.

WHERE CAN I FIND WRITERS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN ON THE LONDON WRITERS AWARDS PROGRAMME?

The 2021 London Writers Awards programme alumni can be found here. The 2018 – 2020 alumni can be found here.

CALL OUT TO THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

If you are a publisher, agent or professional writer and interested in finding out more  about  becoming a supporter,  partner  or patron  to the London Writers Awards, please contact  Bobby Nayyar at Spread the Word: bobby@spreadtheword.org.uk 

The Awards are financially supported by Arts Council England, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and sponsored by the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society

Partners are: 
Independent Publishers Guild,
The Society of Authors,

RCW Literary Agency,

Jo Unwin Literary Agency,

Joffe Books,

Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

 

Books published or forthcoming by London Writers Awards programme alumni

Keeping the House by Tice Cin published by And Other Stories September 2021

London Writers Awards Literary Fiction alum 2019


Assembly by Natasha Brown published by Hamish Hamilton 2021

London Writers Awards literary fiction alum 2020


The Mismatch by Sara Jafari published by Cornerstone June 2021

London Writers Awards literary fiction alum 2019


Jaz Santos vs The World by Priscilla Mante published by Puffin Books May 2021

London Writers Awards Children's and YA alum 2019


Ghostcloud by Michael Mann published by Hachette October 2021

London Writers Awards Children's and YA alum 2020


The Appendix: Transmasculine Joy in a Transphobic Culture by Liam Konemann published by 404 Ink July 2021

London Writers Awards Literary Fiction Alum 2020


Marv and the Mega Robot by Alex Falase-Koya, illustrated by Paula Bowles, published by Oxford University Press January 2022

London Writers Awards Children's and YA Alum 2019


Shield by Jamie Hale published by Verve Poetry Press January 2021

London Writers Awards Poetry Alum 2019


Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures by Adam Zmith

Published by Watkins Media, September 2021


First Time for Everything by Henry Fry

Published by Orion Books in June 2022


London Writers Awards 2022

Alex Blank

Literary Fiction


Alka Handa

Children's and YA


Amelia Giudici

Children's and YA


Aparna Surendra

Literary Fiction


Chris Bridges

Commercial Fiction


FQ Yeoh

Commercial Fiction


Ijeoma Okoye

Commercial Fiction


Hookz the Writer

Commercial Fiction


Jenny Newman

Narrative Non-Fiction


Joe Rizzo-Naudi

Literary Fiction


Kayleigh Cassidy

Narrative Non-Fiction


Keah-Lily

Commercial Fiction


Kiana Thorpe

Children's and YA


Lena Mohamed

Literary Fiction


Lizzie Clark

Literary Fiction


Lorraine Lui

Narrative Non-Fiction


Mark O'Brien

Literary Fiction


Mayo Agard-Olubo

Children's and YA


Mel Pettitt

Children's and YA


Monica Kam

Literary Fiction


Nadège René

Literary Fiction


Oisín McKenna

Literary Fiction


Rachel Marangozov

Literary Fiction


Rebecca White

Narrative Non-Fiction


SJ Lyon

Narrative Non-Fiction


Sharon Sylvan

Commercial Fiction


Tia Bannon

Narrative Non-Fiction


Tomek Mossakowski

Children's and YA


Ulka Karadikar

Literary Fiction


William Andrews

Literary Fiction


London Writers Awards 2021

Ahmed Wobi

YA/Children's Fiction


Anne Elicaño-Shields

Literary Fiction


Ashani Lewis

Literary Fiction


Carla Montemayor

Narrative Non-Fiction


Cecile Pin

Literary Fiction


Deshani Shan

Children's/YA Fiction


Eleanor Penny

Literary Fiction


Elizabeth Chan

Narrative Non-Fiction


Emma Lowther

Commercial Fiction


Gabrielle Johnson

Literary Fiction


Joyia Fitch

Narrative Non-Fiction


Laura Leung-How

YA/Children's Fiction


Lavendhri Arumugam

Narrative Non-Fiction


Megan Preston Elliott

Commercial Fiction


Nilesha Chauvet

Commercial Fiction


Paige Cowan-Hall

YA/Children's Fiction


Rebecca Lewis

Commercial Fiction


Remi Oshibanjo

YA/Children's Fiction


Rosemary Amadi

Commercial Fiction


Sabrina Mahtani

Narrative Non-Fiction


Sarah Clements

Narrative Non-Fiction


Santanu Bhattacharya

Literary Fiction


Serena Rozana

YA/Children’s Fiction


Sharanya Murali

Literary Fiction


Shereen Akhtar

Literary Fiction


Sukh Brar

Literary Fiction


Thomas Newlands

Literary Fiction


Tommy Rowlands

Literary Fiction


Tracey Weller

Commercial Fiction


Victoria Cano

Literary Fiction


Latest

London Writers Awards Alumni

Adam Zmith

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Ahmed Hassan

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2020


Alex Falase-Koya

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2019


Alex Marshall

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2020


Alexis Keir

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2020


Alexis Rigg

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2019


Anne Chen

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2019


Annie Hayter

Poetry Alumni 2019


Arun Das

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2019


Ayesha Braganza

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2020


Bunmi Ogunsiji

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2019


Caroline Gardiner

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2020


Chris Simpson

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2019


Christina Caré

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Davina Tijani

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2020


Denise Rawls

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2020


Elaine Williams

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2019


Elliot F. Sweeney

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2020


Esther Poyer

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2019


F Fiaz

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2020


Han Smith

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Helen Bowell

Poetry Alumni 2019


Henry Fry

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2020


Iqbal Hussain

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2019


Isha Karki

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Jamie Hale

Poetry Alumni 2019


Jemilea Wisdom-Baako

Poetry Alumni 2019


Kira McPherson

Literary Fiction Alumni 2019


Koyer Ahmed

Literary Fiction Alumni 2019


Liam Konemann

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Lily Paine

Poetry Alumni 2019


Loretta Ramkissoon

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Lui Sit

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2019


Mark Mukasa

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2020


Marta Bausells

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2019


Merrie Joy Williams

Poetry Alumni 2019


Michael Mann

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2020


Nadia Attia

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2020


Natasha Brown

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Nina Duttaroy

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2019


Pam Williams

Commercial Fiction Alumni 2020


Peter J Coles

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Priscilla Mante

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2019


RX Campbell

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2020


Riley Rockford

Literary Fiction Alumni 2019


Ruth Goldsmith

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


S. Niroshini

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Sahar Halaimzai

Children's and Young Adult Fiction Alumni 2019


Salma Ibrahim

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Sara Jafari

Literary Fiction Alumni 2019


Shane White

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2020


Sofia Fara

Literary Fiction Alumni 2019


Stacey Ng

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2019


Stephen Wrench

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2019


Sue Hann

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2020


Taranjit Mander

Literary Fiction Alumni 2020


Tice Cin

Literary Fiction Alumni 2019


Zad El Bacha

Narrative Non-Fiction Alumni 2020