Spread the Word is accepting submissions for a limited number of written feedback reports from the literary agent Samar Hammam of Rocking Chair Books Literary Agency.

Samar is offering to provide written feedback on up to 6-8 submissions by writers from under-represented backgrounds based in London, UK. She is looking for adult fiction and non-fiction.

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

  • Have a low household income
  • Are working class
  • Have experienced a lack of academic and/or vocational training opportunities – i.e. have not been able to study/train to their 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 BAME background
  • Are a member of the LGBTQ+ community

How to apply
Please note this opportunity is only open to writers based in London, UK. Only one entry per applicant will be accepted.

What we will need from you:

  • A sample of your writing; from 3,000 to 5,000 words from the beginning of your book
  • A synopsis of the book (no more than 1 side of A4)
  • A covering letter that includes: What stage you are at with your book i.e.: 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?)

Samar will be providing feedback on the documents you submit.

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Tuesday 30 April 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted in June, with the written feedback to be given before the end of August 2019. If you have any queries about your application or this opportunity, please get in touch

Good luck with your application!

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The Future is back – and we would love as many prose LGBTQ+ writers across London to apply for this scheme.

The selected 10 participants will receive a series of creative writing workshops led by Olumide Popoola, an invitation to attend two special guest sessions: ‘Writing for Performance’ with Namita Elizabeth Chakrabarty and ‘From Activist Poetry to Eco Poetics’ with Saradha Soobrayen. Participants will also be invited to attend 1 zine making workshop,  access to expert sessions (covering publishing, university and funding), feedback on their work and the opportunity to share their work at a live showcase.

There are also access grants available for writers in need.

To apply, you must: 

  • be 18 years or older
  • submit a piece of prose between 500 – 1000 words
  • submit a short paragraph (max 500 words) why you want to be part of the scheme at this particular time in your writing life
  • self-identify as LGBTQ+
  • be available to attend the sessions held on Wednesday evenings (these are listed on our website). 

You can have some publishing experience but this is a scheme for emerging writers who want to develop and who would like some direction on how to take their writing to the next level.

You must NOT:

  • have had a book published (chapbook or full-length)
  • been widely published in anthologies, journals, magazines, or newspapers
  • have had your work broadcast or performed
  • have a publishing contract or agent
  • be currently enrolled in a creative writing programme at a university.

The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on Wednesday 1 May. We will notify all applicants of the outcome on Tuesday 14 May. 

If you have any queries about your application or the scheme, please get in touch. 

Good luck with your application! 

Spread the Word is delighted to be an official partner for The Free Reads scheme, supporting applications from London writers. Over the last 10 years, we’ve supported more than 70 writers with receiving professional feedback. The scheme is open throughout the year with two deadline windows: 1 July and 1 December 2019.

To apply for the Free Reads scheme via Spread the Word, you must live in London and be on a low-income, meeting one of the following criteria:

– You are in receipt of Job Seeker’s Allowance, disability benefit, income support or working tax credit
– You earn less than the London Living Wage of £10.55 per hour
– You are a full-time student
– You are aged 60 or over

If you identify as being on low-income but do not meet one of the criteria listed above then please get in touch as we are able to evaluate applicants’ eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants must submit:

– A completed TLC Free Reads Scheme form (available to download here)
– The first 1,000 words of your writing or up to 20 pages if your writing is poetry or script-writing
– A complete synopsis of the written work submitted. The synopsis must clearly show your story’s outline and should not exceed 1,000 words
– Documentation that shows you meet the criteria to apply for a Free Read

There are two application windows for 2019: the deadlines are 1 July 2019 and 1 December 2019. We will respond to all applicants within three weeks after the deadline.

We have provided a list of FAQs with details on how to submit your entry. If you have any further queries, please get in touch. Good luck!

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