A Writing Chance: journalism programme with The Daily Mirror

Are you interested in a career in journalism? Are you eager to develop your journalism skills? With A Writing Chance, you will have the opportunity to join a 12-month programme where you will hone your journalistic writing, advance your journalistic and professional skills, and learn all about the writing and creative industries.

A Writing Chance aims to open access to the writing industries for new and aspiring writers from working-class and lower-income backgrounds and for those who face barriers due to intersecting challenges, including but not limited to ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender identity, age and religious beliefs. This strand is for people who are interested in journalism and non-fiction, and who are not yet earning their main income from writing. Successful applicants to this strand will be placed with The Daily Mirror, a national daily tabloid newspaper covering news, features, sport, politics, and lifestyle.

The successful writers will begin the programme in April 2024. Over the course of the 12-month programme, you will spend your time honing your journalistic and writing skills, and you will have opportunities to pitch articles to The Daily Mirror. You will receive a bursary of £2000, which you will be able to use at your own discretion. You will be assigned a mentor from The Daily Mirror team who you will meet with virtually on a monthly basis, and you will receive committed support and guidance from New Writing North. You will work with your mentor and New Writing North to develop personalised goals that you wish to achieve during the programme, and your mentor will advise on professional development and offer feedback on proposed pitches and writing extracts.

You will have the opportunity to attend exciting industry events hosted by the project partners, which will offer a varied introduction to the writing industries. These will include a publishing insight day at the Faber and Faber London offices, an audiobook development session hosted by Audible, and you will have access to further creative and professional development training online. You will be invited to attend an Arvon residential writing retreat at the Hurst, a 19th-century house and gardens located in the Shropshire Hills. During the retreat, you will have the opportunity to meet your A Writing Chance cohort, work with and learn from knowledgeable Arvon tutors, devote uninterrupted time to writing, and share your work and receive feedback. Towards the end of the programme, your work will be showcased as part of a celebratory event along with your fellow participants and the project partners.

All travel and accommodation costs involved in attending the industry events and the residential writing retreat will be covered by A Writing Chance. There will also be an access fund to cover any other costs that may arise in relation to your participation in the programme.

To apply for The Daily Mirror strand of A Writing Chance, we ask that you submit a 500-word journalistic article on the theme of hope. This can take the form of a feature piece or interview exploring an inspiring or hopeful story or person, or it could be a piece of journalistic writing covering something from your own life which matches the theme. Before applying, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the style and content of the Daily Mirror in print and online to hone your application.

Please check the FAQs and Conditions of Entry before making an application.

Apply by 10am, Monday 8 January 2024