Spread The Word: Call for Submissions, The London Writers Awards 2021

Closing Date: 30 September 2020

Spread the Word

Location: London



London Writers Awards text in green capitals to the left of a green megaphone.

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 To make the step change from  unpublished writers to being agented, writers need good sustained professional input and quality feedback to produce work that will be published.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 is for London-based prose writers who identify as being from a background currently underrepresented in publishing. 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.

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.

Writers will 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.

The third year of the London Writers Awards will run from January 2021-October 2021.

Applications to the third year of the programme are open and will close on Wednesday 30 September. We welcome submissions in audio and video format from disabled writers.

Full details on how to apply alongside the relevant links that you need can be found on our website. This includes a short video about the London Writers Awards 2021, translated into BSL by Benjamin Alexander Gorman, RSLT, inclusive read and large print documents.

Good luck!