Submissions for The Space to Write Project are now open. The organisers are hoping that this new initiative, which aims to support writers of commercial fiction from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, will appeal to members of writers’ groups across the country. They’d love to read your work, so for the chance to secure a place on an Arvon Foundation writers’ retreat, submissions must be in by Sunday 19th June at: https://hodder.submittable.com/submit/227047/the-space-to-write-project.

As a reminder, The Space to Write Project was launched with Orion Publishing, Metro.co.uk and The Arvon Foundation. Inspired by Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams’ journey to success, the Project aims to give prospective authors the access, time and space to write. Bestselling author Jojo Moyes invited Carty-Williams to stay in her holiday home as a writing retreat. There, she completed the first draft of Queenie, and eventually went on to win the Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2020.

Over the last two months the Space to Write team have hosted a series of webinars designed to help with the writing and submitting process, and to debunk publishing myths in general – all of which sessions have been recorded and can be accessed at the links below. 

If you have any queries about the submissions process then please send an email to: spacetowrite@orionbooks.co.uk.

Best wishes,

The Space to Write Team

Introduction to The Space to Write Project: what are we looking for?

Why do certain books become bestsellers? What are the ingredients of a successful novel in 2022? This session will discuss what readers are responding to and the trends which have emerged in the market as a result, as well as what we will be looking for when reading submissions. If you missed the webinar, catch up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkzC0YzYxvA

Lifting the Lid on Publishing: what goes on behind the scenes.

From signing with an agent, getting a book deal, to what happens once your book has been acquired, this session will look in detail at the journey from manuscript to published book. If you missed the webinar, catch up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ6Dy4_0sno

Plot, Pacing and Character Development: what to look for when editing your material.

From practical advice on how to draw three-dimensional characters and what it really means to ‘get the pacing right’ to hearing from published authors about their specific writing habits, this session will look in more detail at the building blocks of good writing. If you missed the webinar, catch up here: https://youtu.be/x4KQ8aGhzQM

Summing It Up: the perfect pitch and writing a good synopsis.

Top tips for how best to summarise your book to agents, editors and readers; this webinar will discuss the structure and tone of a pitch letter and the important things to include when writing a synopsis. If you missed the webinar, catch up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBoE22-vftE