The London Library Emerging Writers Programme

Applications for the 2020-2021 Programme will open in January 2020.

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The London Library is proud to launch an Emerging Writers Programme, a unique opportunity which offers writers, in all genres, one year's free membership of The London Library.

Geared towards supporting writers at the start of their careers, the Programme includes writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in use of the Library’s resources. With its rich cultural heritage, extensive open access book collection, dedicated writing spaces and its diverse community of established writers, the benefits of Library membership are invaluable. 

For over 175 years The London Library has played a central role in inspiring writers and researchers, and has helped them explore and develop their work. From Charles Dickens to Sarah Waters, Charles Darwin to Simon Schama, Virginia Woolf to Kazuo Ishiguro, T.S. Eliot to V.S. Naipaul, writers have consistently found it to be an unrivalled resource.

The London Library Emerging Writers Programme is open to anyone who is committed to pursuing a career in writing (for publication or performance) and wants to develop their practice. Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project, with the aim of publication or production, and have a clear idea of how they might use the Library’s resources to achieve that aim. Applicants will be selected anonymously by a panel of judges including London Library Trustee and writer Daisy Goodwin (chair); Head of Prizes and Awards at the Society of Authors and Associate Director at the Royal Society of Literature Paula Johnson; novelist Nikita Lalwani; poet Raymond Antrobus and an agent from A M Heath.

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The 2019/20 Programme runs from 2 May 2019 to 1 May 2020. 

The current group of Emerging Writers includes poets, people writing for screen and stage, and fiction and non-fiction authors. Projects are already underway in a very diverse range fo subjects.

View current cohort of Emerging Writers

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