- Have low household income
- Have experienced a lack of academic and/or vocational training opportunities – i.e. have not been able to study/train to your 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 black or other ethnic minority background
- A sample of your writing, ideally up to 2000 words from the beginning of your book
- A synopsis of the book (no more than 2 sides of A4)
- A covering letter that includes:
- What stage you are at with your book ie.: 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?)
- Your London address including postcode
This year's judges are Erica Wagner, Hannah Lowe and Kwaku Osei-Afrifa. You can read more about the Life Writing Prize on our website. http://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/life-writing-prize
Please make sure you've had a look through the Prize rules & guidelines for the Life Writing Prize 2018. You can find them here: www.spreadtheword.org.uk/enter-the-life-writing-prize-2018
We're looking forward to reading your work.
The Literary Consultancy Free Reads Scheme offers talented, low-income writers the opportunity to apply for bursaried (i.e., non-fee paying) access to their valuable commercial services for writers. Selected writers will be offered a professional manuscript assessment of their creative work from an experienced editor.
The Free Reads scheme is particularly interested in applications from writers under-represented in publishing (women writers, disabled writers, BAME writers and members of the LGBTQA community). Spread the Word is partnering with TLC to manage submissions from writers based in London, writing across different genres: playwrights, poets, scriptwriters, biographers, creative non-fiction, short story writers and fiction writers.
You are eligible to enter (via Spread the Word) if you live in London and are 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 £9.45 per hour
- You are a full-time student
- You are aged 60 or over
If you are a low-income writer 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.To apply please send us the following documents:
- A completed TLC Free Reads scheme form (available to download here (Word or PDF)
- 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
The deadline to apply is 5pm on Monday 4 December 2017. Good luck!