Spotlight Books: a publishing project for under-represented writers

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New Writing South is proud to be working with partners Creative Future and Myriad Editions on this project which hopes to discover, guide and support new and emerging writers from under-represented backgrounds — those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance.

What’s the project about?

We’re looking for manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page). Six writers will be selected, supported to polish their manuscripts and further their careers, and be published in individual short books. The project is also running a series of free creative writing workshops in Crawley, Horsham and Hastings. You don’t have to attend the workshops to enter the competition, or vice versa, although you are welcome to do both of course.

When is it happening?

Workshops begin in January and run on various dates throughout the spring. The competition submission deadline is Sunday 24 February 2019. Full rules and guidelines for entering can be found here.

Who are Creative Future and Myriad?

Creative Future describe themselves as ‘a bridge from the margins to the mainstream’ -an arts organisation providing training, mentoring and the chance to publish or exhibit to talented people who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health, identity or other social circumstance. They run the Creative Future Literary Awards for under-represented writers, amongst other projects.

Myriad Editions are Brighton-based publishers of award-winning literary fiction, graphic novels and political nonfiction, including ground-breaking infographic atlases. Their books include contemporary and historical literary fiction; crime, psychological and political thrillers; narrative and feminist nonfiction; graphic novels, Graphic Medicine and documentary comics. Part of their mission is to support new and emerging authors, and they have a track record of uncovering and launching authors who progress to achieve creative and commercial success. You can read more about them here.

Submit your work online, by post or in person. Full submission guidelines can be found here.