Mahsuda Snaith, author, & Aki Schilz of The Literary Consultancy
Mahsuda Snaith, author, & Aki Schilz of The Literary Consultancy


Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.

Claire McGowan is supporting the 2021 Next Up programme. Claire is a best-selling writer in crime and women’s fiction, as well as writing for radio, screen, stage, newspapers, and non-fiction.

Everyday Creativity is a programme commissioned by the East Sussex Public Health Team to explore the impact of creative activities during lockdown on people’s health and wellbeing.

Award Partners

The Literary Consultancy is the UK’s first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service working with writers writing in English at all levels and across all genres, nationally and internationally.

Myriad Editions publishes award-winning literary fiction, graphic novels and political nonfiction, including ground-breaking infographic atlases.

Out-Spoken Press is is an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing. It aims to give a literary platform to poets and writers who may not find a voice elsewhere; poets whose work is innovative and challenging.

Poetry School is a national arts organisation providing inspiring tuition and opportunities for poets and poetry audiences. With established teaching centres throughout England as well as online courses, downloadable activities, and the world’s biggest social network dedicated to poetry – CAMPUS – The Poetry School is unique in its ability to reach and develop aspiring poets wherever they are, both in the UK and internationally.

Faber Academy writing courses bring together the best creative writing teachers on rigorous programmes to support you whatever stage of your writing journey you are on. With Faber’s 90 years of publishing expertise behind us, we know just what you need to create brilliant work to be proud of, and how to help you prepare for getting that work out into the world.

The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for more than 11,500 writers, scriptwriters, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. They have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

Curtis Brown Creative is the only writing school to be owned and run by a major literary agency, offering creative writing courses in their London offices and online. Over 55 students have gone to gain major publishing deals, including Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Jane Harper (The Dry), Nicholas Searle (The Good Liar), Lisa Williamson (The Art of Being Normal) and Laura Marshall (Friend Request). Fully-funded scholarships are frequently available for talented writers with financial hardship.

Mslexia is the best-selling literary magazine in the UK. It combines expert advice and information about writing with mind-expanding fiction and poetry, plus 12 pages of literary listings, including 70 writing competitions and awards and 50 magazines and publishers on the lookout for new voices.

The Writing Coach is an international mentoring and development organisation for writers, founded by novelist Jacqui Lofthouse. It was the first UK organisation to focus on a coaching-based approach for writers and now offers coaching, mentoring and manuscript assessment to writers at all stages of their careers. It is also an online home for writers where you can find advice, information and encouragement for your writing work.

Waterloo Press offers readers an eclectic list of the most inventive and stimulating poetry from the UK and abroad, bringing radical and marginalised voices to the fore. Waterloo Press breaks down the borders between contemporary schools of poetry, to forge a new poetics based on respect for craft, innovation, and the music of real communication.

Writing Magazine is the UK’s bestselling magazine for all writers. The monthly magazine is for every writer, from beginner to advanced, whether you write for pleasure or publication, and whatever your writing preferences, Writing Magazine has something to help you.

The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook is the bestselling guide to all areas of publishing and the media. The Yearbook is packed with advice, inspiration and practical guidance on who to contact and how to get published.

J David Simons is a Scottish novelist and short story writer. He is the author of five novels. Apart from his fiction writing, he is also an editor with the Blue Pencil literary agency and a media journalist with the global technology consultancy firm, Omdia.

Christopher North's first collection was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 1999. He has published two other collections, a pamphlet and in a range of journals. He has won a number of poetry competitions including Manchester, Sunk Island Review, The Chiltern, BBC Wild Life, Kickstart and others.

Showcase Partner

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. Now in its thirteenth year, Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival brings together today’s leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers.

Anthology Partners

Jellyfish Solutions aims to be your partner, not just your printer. They work with trusted suppliers in the UK, Europe and Far East, ensuring all your print needs are met. Having built relations with their suppliers for over nine years, you can have confidence in their buying power and the quality provided, whlist you save time dealing with only one contact for all your print needs. They offer a complete service from consultancy through to print buying, production management, transport, packaging, websites, digital support and promotions.

Twenty-Six Letters is a full service editing, design, typesetting and content service.

Workshop Partners

New Writing North is funded to develop reading and writing activity in the North of England.

New Writing South is the pre-eminent creative writing hub in south-east England, dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and connecting all kinds of excellent creative writers at whatever stage of their career and from all genres.

Literature Works is a registered charity and Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation supporting creative writing and the development of writers and readers of all ages, from all walks of life in the South West of England. Literature Works wrote the successful bid for Exeter to become a UNESCO City of Literature. We champion the power of poetry, story, writing and reading. We provide information, news and resources via our website and on social media.

Writing East Midlands is the literature development agency for the region. They support writers at various stages of their careers, connecting them with opportunity, and helping them to help themselves. They do this by running workshops and writing courses, arranging mentoring relationships and manuscript appraisals, offering one-to-one career development sessions, organising conferences and supporting festivals and events around the region. Writing East Midlands also encourages new relationships between writers and communities by running residencies in all sorts of settings, using literature to bring people from different backgrounds closer together.

Writing West Midlands is the regional literature development agency for the West Midlands, and is an Arts Council England NPO. It helps writers of all genres, from age 8+, to develop their writing and advance their writing careers. The agency also runs the annual Birmingham Literature Festival and runs the Spark Young Writers network of 20 groups, a summer school, and Teen Writing Conference.

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