How do I apply?

As part of your application we'll ask you to tell us about your book. What's it called? What's it about? What makes it special? How would you 'sell it' to a reader in two sentences? We'll also ask you to send us up to 1,000 words – it could be the opening chapter, or a later section of your book which you’re particularly proud of. It's up to you. 

In 500 words, we will also ask you to tell us why you write and how you meet our criteria

Editors from across Penguin Random House will assess your application, considering your talent and ability as a writer as well as the originality of your story or idea. We'll invite 50 writers to each of our insight days.

Birmingham: important dates

Wednesday 5 October - applications open 

Friday 28 October - applications close at midnight 

Monday 14 November - We’ll let you know if you've been accepted. We'll also ask you to send us a further 5,000 words for your one-to-one session with an editor

Friday 18 November - Last day to send us 5,000 words 

Saturday 26 November - WriteNow Birmingham insight day takes place

Mid-December- We'll be in touch to let you know if you've been shortlisted for the mentoring programme. We will arrange a Skype interview with the writers who have been shortlisted for mentoring

February 2017 - We'll announce the 10 writers who've made it onto our mentoring programme, following our third and final insight day in Manchester

Manchester: important dates

Wednesday 5 October - applications open 

Friday 28 October - applications close at midnight 

Monday 14 November - We’ll let you know if you've been accepted. We'll also ask you to send us a further 5,000 words for your one-to-one session with an editor

Wednesday 21 December - Last day to send us 5,000 words 

Saturday 4 February 2017 - WriteNow Manchester insight day takes place

Mid-February- We'll be in touch to let you know if you've been shortlisted for the mentoring programme. We will arrange a Skype interview with the writers who have been shortlisted for mentoring

February 2017 - We'll announce the 10 writers who've made it onto our mentoring programme

We will aim to invite writers from all three insight days to join our mentoring programme.
Please note that our London event has already taken place.