Terms & Conditions



1.       By applying to attend the WriteNow Insight Days and Mentoring Programme (the “WriteNow Programme”), applicants agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.

Who can apply

2.       Subject to paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 below, the WriteNow Programme is open to applications from residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or over.  Employees (and their families) of the Penguin Random House Group (Publisher), Spread the Word, New Writing North and Literature Works are not eligible to apply.

3.       This opportunity is only open to writers who come from backgrounds under-represented in the publishing industry. This will be self-defined by the applicant as part of the application process and assessed by Spread the Word and the Publisher. In particular, this will likely include writers from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers who have a disability, and writers who come from a socio-economically marginalised community.

4.       Applicants must not currently be represented by a literary agent or have previously written a book published under a valid ISBN. The exceptions to this are for writers who have either been published (i) as part of an anthology; (ii) by a not-for-profit publisher; (iii) over ten years ago; (iv) for in an entirely different genre to the materials they are currently working on; (iv) via self-publishing; and/or (v) published in digital/ e-book format only.

5.       Applications will not be accepted from applicants who have previously successfully applied to participate in the WriteNow Programme and attended an insight day.  However, previously unsuccessful applicants may apply again.

6.       By making an application, each applicant confirms that he or she is eligible to do so and eligible to participate in the WriteNow programme.


Application process

7.       The closing date for the submission of applications is midnight on Sunday 16 July 2017.

8.       To apply, applicants must submit an application consisting of:

    a.        a completed application form including the applicant’s full name and contact details and preferred insight day(s);

    b.      an extract of any part of their book in the English language of between 800 to 1,000 words;  and

    c.       a synopsis of the work or works in the English language of no more than 250 words per work.  All applications are to be submitted through the WriteNow website.

9.       All applications must be original, previously unpublished works of fiction or non-fiction aimed at adults, young adults or children on any subject or genre, including but not limited to romance, crime, science fiction, fantasy, adventure and thriller. Applications will not be considered in the following genres: poetry, cookery, graphic novels.

10.   Applicants are limited to one application per work of fiction and one application per work of non-fiction (two applications in total).  

11.   Applications that are received after the closing date will not be considered. The Publisher is not responsible for illegible, incomplete, delayed or lost entries. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

12.   All valid entries will be assessed by a judging panel made up of individuals with editorial expertise. The decision of the panel is final. The Publisher regrets that it will not enter into correspondence or give feedback on individual entries (other than that to be provided to the successful applicants at the roadshows or during subsequent mentoring sessions).

13.   The panel will determine which of the applications show the most promise and will invite one hundred and fifty (150) successful applicants to attend one of three insight days.  The Publisher will take into account each successful applicant’s preferred insight days in allocating places but is under no obligation to do so and accepts no responsibility whatsoever in the event that the successful applicant is unable to attend the insight day to which he or she has been invited.       

14.   Successful applicants will be notified by email on or before Wednesday 16 August 2017. Successful applicants must respond to either accept or decline their invitation by Monday 28 August 2017. If successful applicants have not confirmed their attendance by this time, the invitation will lapse and the Publisher reserves the right to offer the invitation to a substitute applicant selected in accordance with these rules.

15.   Successful applicants will be invited to attend an insight day and to submit an additional 5,000 words of their materials in advance. At the insight day writers shall receive a 20 minute one-on-one session with one of the Publisher’s editors who will discuss and provide feedback as regards the pre-submitted materials.

16.   Following the insight days, the most promising applicants will be chosen at the Publisher’s sole discretion and shall subsequently be invited by the Publisher to participate in the mentoring programme.


17.   None of the elements of this opportunity may be transferred by successful applicants and no alternative (cash or otherwise) will be available or offered.

18.    Other than those specified above or in the information relating to the WriteNow Programme contained on this website, the Publisher shall not be liable for any costs or expenses arising out of or in any way connected with applicants participation in the WriteNow Programme and does not accept any responsibility for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by any applicants as result of accepting either (i) the invitation to attend a roadshow or (ii) any subsequent mentoring participation.

19.   By applying for this opportunity each applicant confirms that his/her submitted materials are (i) their wholly-owned creation and make no use of any third party materials or intellectual property rights; (ii) contain nothing that is unlawful, in breach of confidence, data protection or privacy rights, obscene or of a defamatory nature. Applicants will hold the Publisher harmless from any claims that their submitted materials infringe the personal or proprietary right of any other person.

20.   For the avoidance of doubt, the provision, by the Publisher, of the mentoring opportunity shall not be interpreted as a commitment to publish any works by a successful applicant. Notwithstanding, applicants agree that should they accept any offer to be mentored by the Publisher under the WriteNow Programme, the applicant agrees he/she will extend to the Publisher the first option of publishing his/her subsequent first full-length work on fair and reasonable market terms to be agreed in good faith.

21.   Events may occur that render the WriteNow Programme impossible to fulfil due to reasons beyond the control of the Publisher. The Publisher may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend or suspend the WriteNow Programme without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.

22.   The Publisher may disqualify any applicants whose application does not comply with these terms (in the Publisher’s sole opinion) or whose actions, in the Publisher’s determination, are fraudulent, dishonest, criminal or unjust to other applicants. 

23.   The Publisher will use the personal details of applicants only for the purposes of administering this opportunity and for any other purposes for which an applicant has expressly consented. Applicants consent to the use of their personal data for these purposes.

24.   These terms are governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.


Publisher Contact: The Penguin Random House Group c/o The Random House Group Limited of 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA.