To actively pursue change for a fully diverse and representative children’s literature.


By hosting a series of workshops that will include providing BAME authors with up to 50% participation on sponsored places.  To develop a mentorship scheme open only to BAME writers.

Because providing emerging writers with access to information and inspiration via a series of workshops delivered by renowned writers and publishing professionals will offer them guidance and skills to improve their writing and increase their professionalism and allow the opportunity for skill building and increasing knowledge.

By creating a mentorship scheme for BAME authors to focus on writing skills as well as personal professional development the general knowledge and understanding gained in the workshops can be refined and polished to have maximum impact at the launch of a writers career.


What will the mentorship scheme do?

The mentorship scheme will allow an author to benefit from working with an editor on their finished novel, to receive editorial advice and guidance and to work towards the creation of a piece of work that is ready for submission to agents and publishers.   The scheme will also include the author having time with a publishing professional who will help them develop core skills around the area of events and promotions.  


Applications are invited to submit up to 2000 words from the start of a finished novel, a synopsis and a bio  to by the 1st October 2018.  

The announcement of the shortlisted authors with a call-in for submission of the entire novel will be made on the 1st December 2018 and up to four finalist will be announced 18th January 2018.  Mentoring will start in early 2018.  

Applications are invited from BAME writers working on full length fiction for readers aged 7 and older and who are resident in the UK.  Applicants can be mentored on-line but it will be important that the author is able to travel to London for some face-to-face meetings and also to be able to benefit from a planned series of talks that will be held for the shortlisted authors as a group. 

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