DHA Open Day for Under-Represented Writers – Writing for Children

When: Thursday, 27 June 2019
Where: David Higham Associates, Waverley House, 7–12 Noel Street, Soho, London, W1F 8GQ

Last year, we organised an Open Day at David Higham Associates to open out the way in which we connect with new writers. We offered ten people from under-represented backgrounds the opportunity to spend a day with us, meeting industry experts and receiving tailored feedback on their work.

Following the event’s success, the next Open Day will take place on Monday 27 June at our offices in Soho and will focus exclusively on writing for children. The day will feature talks and Q&As with agents and publishers, a one-to-one session to provide personalised critique on current writing projects, and the opportunity to meet like-minded authors and agents at a drinks reception. A bursary for travel expenses will be available for each writer chosen.

We are inviting submissions for children’s fiction and non-fiction aimed at audiences of 7 years old and above, including illustrated fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult and non-fiction. We will not at this time be considering picture books, poetry, screenplays or graphic novels.

We welcome applications from any writer living in the UK from an under-represented background, including LGBTQ+ writers, writers from working-class backgrounds, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities and writers with disabilities. Writers must be un-agented.

Please could all interested parties submit via the form to the right, filling in all required fields and attaching the first three chapters of the work. Attachments can be in .doc or .pdf format, and please include a synopsis and, if applicable, sample illustrations, all within the same document.

Applications are open from 28 January 2019 and close Monday 25 March 2019.

DHA’s third Open Day is scheduled to take place in December 2019 and will focus once again on writing for adults. More information will be available closer to the time.

If you have any questions, please contact us at openday@davidhigham.co.uk.

Feedback from previous participants:

‘Being invited to be part of the open day has really given me a new energy with which to attack my writing. Feeling as though I’m part of a community of writers is wonderful, and I’m wildly grateful to David Higham for making that possible.’

‘The event was really informative and inspiring! I hope you continue to run them in future, as it gave a very useful and realistic overview of the publishing industry.’

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