The Literary Consultancy Free Reads

Free Reads is a free manuscript assessment scheme for talented writers on low incomes. It is specifically for writers who would have difficulty meeting the standard TLC cost and who would benefit from professional assessment.

The Literary Consultancy (TLC) holds a strong track record of helping writers get into print. They offer one of the UK’s leading manuscript assessment services providing expert, market-aware editorial advice to authors at all levels.


New Writing South works with TLC by offering a small number of Arts Council-funded Free Reads for talented, low income authors in the south east. The south east region covers: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

If you would like to apply for a free read please firstly read the guidelines on the TLC website to check whether you are eligible. You can find the entry criteria here. Free reads are open to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry or plays.

Before contacting New Writing South please read more about what to expect from TLC’s Manuscript Assessment.

Apply to Free Reads

Applications for 2021 through New Writing South are now open until Friday 7 January 2022.

To apply, please complete the TLC Free Reads Application form and then complete New Writing South’s application and monitoring form here.

Please do not upload your manuscript or proof of eligibility at this stage. We will ask you to send this to us separately. If you have any questions about the application process please email