The London Library Emerging Writers Programme

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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 years’ 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.

The Programme runs from 2 May 2019 to 1 May 2020. Successful applicants will be invited to the Programme Launch at The Library on 2 May 2019.

To apply please download the application pack below which includes application forms and submission guidelines. Please read through the submission guidelines carefully before preparing your application, with particular attention to the eligibility requirements.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday 4 March 2019.

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the Programme Manager, Claire Berliner, on 0207 766 4765 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to receiving your application.








The London Library Emerging Writers Programme is only possible because of the generous support The London Library has received from The Garrick Charitable Trust, AM Heath, The Golden Bottle Trust and the Julio and Maria Marta Núñez Memorial Fund and other anonymous donorsWe are particularly grateful to be working with AM Heath in the delivery of some events.