Why is there no space to upload illustrations on the application form?
We are assessing based on quality of writing, and therefore do not expect to see illustrations. However, if you feel that illustrations help provide context to your application, please get in touch with the WriteNow team and we can discuss further.
How do I know that you've received my application?
Please use Google Chrome when submitting your application. You should be directed to a 'Thank You' page after submitting your application, confirming that we have received your application.
If you are not redirected to the 'Thank You' page, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm we have received your application.
Do I need to be a UK or Republic of Ireland resident to apply?
Yes. As WriteNow is being run by Penguin in the UK and ROI our programme is only open to UK and ROI residents. You don't need to have permanent citizenship – just a current and valid UK address. If you are currently homeless or do not have a fixed address, but reside in the UK or ROI, please get in touch with the WriteNow team by emailing email@example.com.
Can I apply if I’m already supported by Spread the Word?
Absolutely. We would love to work with writers supported by our partners.
How will you decide who gets through to attend the WriteNow workshops and who doesn’t?
We will assess applications based on two factors:
Quality of writing and originality: assessed by a Penguin editor
Meeting our desired criteria: as part of your application we'll ask you to tell us, in your own words, why you feel your voice is under-represented in books and publishing. Your answer will be assessed by our partner Spread the Word, a writer development charity, together with members of our Human Resources team.