The Literary Consultancy's Free Reads Scheme is open to all writers resident in England through a range of partners. You can find a map of the partners operating in each region, as well as more information about the scheme here. The Free Read scheme particularly welcomes applications from writers belonging to groups currently under-represented in publishing including women writers, disabled writers, BAME writers, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Spread the Word is The Literary Consultancy’s regional partner for London and will be processing entries from writers living in London. Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 submission period. Please see below how to apply.   

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

· You earn £23,000 or below

· You are a full-time student

· You are a pensioner

· You are in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Disability Benefits, Income Support or Working Tax Credits.

You may also submit HMRC self-assessment paperwork to show you are low-earning if you are a freelancer and not in receipt of income support. 


  • You must be based in London to apply via Spread the Word. 
  • Applicants cannot apply for a Free Read two years in a row. 
  • Applicants must be over the age of 16.
  • Free Reads are subject to TLC's manuscript assessment T&Cs
  • We only accept single authored work.
  • We only accept writing in English.

All entrants must fill out a Free Reads Application Form (available in doc and PDF versions below). You’ll also need to submit 1000 words of writing, along with a synopsis. If you’re entering poetry or a script into the scheme, then please send in up to 20 pages of your writing. This must be the writing you wish to have assessed for a Free Read.

All entries must have an application form with evidence of eligibility attached.  We aim to notify all participants of the outcome by the 14 December 2018. 

We’ve created an FAQ page, but if your question or query is not listed, please do get in touch. The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday 13 November 2018. Good luck!

Free Reads Application Form (doc)
Free Reads Application Form (pdf)

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