Penguin Random House, in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Writing East Midlands, are set to come to Nottingham on Saturday 29 September to host a workshop. They will hand-pick forty writers and ten illustrators to go to the event, who will get the chance to have their work published.
The workshop – which is bleddy free, we should add – will offer advice and experience from established authors, illustrators, agents and experts, and attendees can receive one-to-one feedback with an editor or designer.
This comes as part of the ongoing WriteNow initiative, a programme within Penguin Random House that seeks to provide mentorship and guidance to under-represented and under-published voices and artists across the UK. This is the first time WriteNow has released a call for submissions from illustrators and designers, who are themselves an under-represented facet of the industry.
Sandeep Mahal, Director of the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, has expressed a great deal of excitement about the program, saying “It’s vitally important to encourage and support writers from under-represented backgrounds.”
Applications are open to writers and illustrators from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers and illustrators with a disability, or who come from a socio-economically marginalised background. The deadline is midnight on Monday 9 July for writers and Monday 23 July for illustrators.