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Want to get into print? Sign up for the WriteNow mentoring programme

14 June 2017

Penguin Random House UK has launched a nationwide campaign to find and develop talented new writers from under-represented communities.

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The search has begun to find undiscovered writers from communities that are under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves as Penguin Random House UK opens applications for its year-long WriteNow mentoring programme.

WriteNow was created in 2016 to help ensure books and publishing better reflect UK society. It aims to find unpublished voices that are currently under-represented in books across all genres, including Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s. This includes writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers, or writers with a disability.

The programme offers 150 aspiring writers access to free regional events in London, Bristol and Newcastle where they will get one-to-one time with editors to receive expert, personalised feedback on their book, alongside access to literary agents and published authors, including Francesca Martinez, Kit de Waal, Afua Hirsch and Fox Fisher.

Penguin Random House editors will work with 10 of the most promising writers over 12 months to make their manuscripts the best they can be, with the ultimate ambition of publishing these new writers.