WriteNow 2017

Coming soon: applications open mid-June

What is WriteNow?

We want to find, mentor and publish new writers with different stories to tell. Writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. 

Books and publishing do not reflect the society we live in. That's why in 2016 we set up WriteNow in partnership with writer development charities Spread the Word, Writing West Midlands and Commonword.

Together we hosted 150 writers at three insight days in London, Birmingham and Manchester. These events gave new writers the chance to hear everything they needed to know about getting published, from authors, literary agents and Penguin Random House staff as well as getting one-to-one feedback on their book from one of our editors. You can read more about what these days involved on the tabs above.

We have since taken forward 12 exceptional writers onto our year-long mentoring programme.  While there are no guarantees, ultimately we would love to publish these writers. 

And who are we?

We are Penguin Random House, the UK's biggest publisher. We connect the world with the stories, ideas and writing that matter.

We publish the very best books across all genres, including award-winning commercial and literary fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and classics. Our authors range from Dorothy Koomson to Caitlin Moran; Roald Dahl to Zadie Smith. 

Sign up for more information

Applications for WriteNow 2017 will open again in mid June. To register your interest, please submit your email address below and we'll send you an email notification as soon as applications are open: