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

Award Partners

Established in 1996 as the first service of its kind, The Literary Consultancy  (TLC) offers a range of services for writers including manuscript assessment, mentoring, and literary events. TLC's services are available to all writers, at all stages of development, writing in English.

The 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.

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.

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.

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.

Jericho Writers are a worldwide team of writers who offer everything you need to help you write, edit and get your book published. From tutored video courses; online and in-person events; one-to-one mentoring; filmed masterclasses and expert editing services, to interviews with publishers, agents and authors – they’re with you for every word.

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.

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.

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.

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