Monday 22 May 2017


Would you like feedback on your novel? Or expert advice on pitching your story to agents?

Agent Ella Kahn of DKW Literary Agency is offering free half-hour feedback sessions by application to at least six London based* aspiring fiction writers who can identify with one of the following criteria:
Currently receive benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Bereavement Support
Have experienced a lack of academic and/or vocational training opportunities – i.e. have not been able to study/train to your full potential due to low income, ill health, being a carer etc
Are or have been a carer
Have experienced homelessness
Are a single parent
Have a disability
Are from a black or ethnic minority background

Ella is particularly interested in upmarket contemporary and historical fiction for adults or young adults but is happy to give feedback on anything.

What do we need from you?
A sample of your writing, ideally up to 2000 words from the beginning of your book
A synopsis of the book (no more than 2 sides of A4)
A covering letter that includes:
A) how you meet the criteria for this opportunity
B) what stage you are at with your book i.e.: just started, nearly finished, completed
C) a summary of your writing endeavours to date (e.g. Have you attended Spread the Word courses? Have you mainly been writing on your own at home?)
D) a one/two paragraph blurb pitching what your book is about
E) your London address

NB Your cover letter should emulate to some degree the kind of cover letter you’d usually send to an agent so Ella can give you feedback on how you’re pitching your book.

If you are selected for this opportunity, Spread the Word may ask for proof of how you meet the criteria.

Please apply for this opportunity on Submittable:

The closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 5 June 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 June 2107.

*not sure if your address counts as London? Check here:

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