Give yourself ‘A Writing Chance’

A publishing opportunity for aspiring writers from under-represented backgrounds.

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Open to new and aspiring writers from under-represented backgrounds ‘A Writing Chance’ is a fantastic opportunity to have your voice heard.

New Writing North are looking for fresh perspectives from individuals whose voices have been historically ignored in publishing and the media.

This UK wide project is co-funded by The Joseph Roundtree Foundation and supported by media partners such as New Statesman and Daily Mirror. New Writing North itself will deliver the project, along with other literature organisations.


The founders of this project believe that “the best writers show us who we are by shining a torch on untold stories and experiences, illuminating truths and bringing injustices and structural inequalities to light”.

However, their research shows the people telling the stories are doing so through a narrow lens.

The aim of this project is to open up the industry, to create a more diverse and equal culture.

Each applicant is asked to say a bit about themselves and their background, and to submit an original piece of journalism, non-fiction or creative writing, of up to 500 words on the theme of’ ‘Life in 2020/2021’.

All applicants will be invited to a free digital seminar, An introduction to Writing and Journalism, led by industry experts.

Up to 30 applicants will be shortlisted and offered the chance to write a short piece for consideration and an award of £100. A further ten people will be chosen for a place on ‘A Writing Chance’.

Successful applicants awarded a place on the project will receive:

  • a bursary of £1500
  • one-to-one mentoring with an experienced mentor or journalist
  • an invite to insight days with media partners
  • publication with byline by one of the media partners

The closing date for applications is this Friday, March 26, and New Writing North are eager to hear from you.

For more information or to check if you are eligible go to: New Writing North Submission Manager – A Writing Chance (submittable.com)

Click here to apply: A-Writing-Chance-eligibility-criteria-and-conditions-of-entry.pdf (newwritingnorth.com)

Feature image credit: newwritingnorth.com

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