How to apply



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? 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 250 words, we will also ask you to tell us 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.

Important Dates

Step One: Applying to attend an insight day

Tuesday 13 June - applications open 

Sunday 16 July - applications close at midnight 

Wednesday 16 August - 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 30 August - Last day to send us 5,000 words 

Saturday 9 September - WriteNow London

Saturday 16 September - WriteNow Bristol

Saturday 23 September - WriteNow Newcastle


Step Two: Shortlisting for the WriteNow mentoring programme

Monday 2 October: We'll be in touch to let you know if you've been shortlisted for the mentoring programme. At this point, we’ll ask you to send us your full manuscript

Monday 16 October: Deadline to send us your full manuscript

November: We'll arrange a short phone call with each of the writers who have been shortlisted for mentoring during November, while giving our editors time to read your full manuscripts

Monday 4 December: We'll announce the 10 writers who've made it onto our mentoring programme