The London Library Emerging Writers Programme

Applications for the 2020-2021 Programme are now closed.

The London Library is proud to announce the second year of our 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. Many writers, including Virginia Woolf, Bram Stoker, Aldous Huxley and Tom Stoppard began their literary careers at the Library and thousands continue to draw on the Library to explore and develop their work.

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:

  • Bidisha (broadcaster, writer and film maker)
  • Isabelle Dupuy, Chair (writer and London Library Trustee)
  • Eleanor Greene (Executive Producer, Drama at Wall to Wall Productions)
  • Daniel Hahn (writer and translator)
  • Karen McCarthy Woolf (poet)
  • Amy Rosenthal (playwright)
  • Anna Whitwham (novelist)
  • Agents at AM Heath

The London Library Emerging Writers Programme is only possible because of the generous support The London Library has received from A M Heath Literary Agency, The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust, The Golden Bottle Trust and the Julio and Maria Marta Núñez Memorial Fund and other anonymous donors.

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The 2019-2020 Emerging Writers Programme

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The 2019-2020 Programme launched in May 2019 with a cohort including poets, stage and screen writers, and fiction and non-fiction authors. Projects are already underway in a very diverse range of subjects.

The programme has given me thoughtful conversations with other writers, techniques and tactics for researching and writing, plus access to a huge warren of books and online resources I'd never have found for myself. Conversations resulting from the programme helped me find my agent and I'm so excited to see what I can do next year with the boost all this has given me!

Anna Kahn, 2019-2020 participant 

View 2019/20 cohort of Emerging Writers

The 2019-2020 Emerging Writers Programme was made possible because of the generous support The London Library received from A M Heath Literary Agency, The Garrick Charitable Trust, The Golden Bottle Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, the Julio and Maria Marta Núñez Memorial Fund and other anonymous donors.