The London Library Emerging Writers Programme

The London Library Emerging Writers Programme is open to anyone over 16 years of age who is committed to pursuing a career in writing and wants to develop their practice. Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project, with the aim of publication or production, and have a clear idea of how they might use the Library’s resources to achieve that aim. They should be willing to fully participate in all elements of the Programme and immerse themselves in the writing community it offers. There is no application fee and participation on the Programme is funded.

Applicants will be selected anonymously by a panel of judges including poet and playwright Caroline Bird (Rookie: Selected Poems, The Air Year, In These Days of Prohibition), screenwriter and playwright Moira Buffini (Harlots, The Dig, Handbagged), non-fiction writer Travis Elborough (Wish You Were Here, Through the Looking Glasses, Atlas of Vanishing Places), novelist and short story writer Zoe Gilbert (Mischief Acts, Folk), novelist Ayisha Malik (Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, This Green and Pleasant Land, The Movement) and literary agents at Aitken Alexander Emma Paterson and Chris Wellbelove.

Applications close at 11am on Thursday 2nd March 2023.

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