Publishing and mentoring for aspiring writers from under-represented backgrounds

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We’re excited to let you know about A Writing Chance, a new opportunity, open to new and aspiring storytellers from under-represented backgrounds. We’re looking for fresh perspectives and great stories from people whose voices have historically not been heard in publishing and the media.

This UK-wide project is co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and supported by media partners New Statesman and Daily Mirror. The project is delivered by New Writing North, with support from literature organisations nationally, and research from Northumbria University.


A Writing Chance: the opportunity

Mentoring and publication for new writers 

We are looking for new and aspiring writers from working-class and lower income backgrounds to take part in A Writing Chance.

We especially welcome submissions from people who face intersecting challenges from historic under-representation in the media, including but not limited to those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic, disabled and/or any other historically marginalised backgrounds.
Each successful applicant (ten spaces) will receive:

  • A bursary of £1,500 to participate in the project
  • One-to-one mentoring with an experienced writer or journalist
  • An invitation to Insight Days with the media partners, either in person or online
  • Publication with byline by one of the media partners, including the Daily Mirror or New Statesman, or broadcast as a podcast.

Find out more and apply by 6pm, 26 March