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.
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