The Space to Write Project


UPDATE: Submissions to The Space to Write Project have now closed.

We are delighted to launch The Space to Write Project in partnership with Orion Fiction, and The Arvon Foundation. Our aim is to support writers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who want to write or who are already writing commercial fiction, to advise about the writing and publishing process and to break down barriers and boundaries to bestselling success.

We are inviting writers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to attend a series of free virtual workshops and seminars run by prominent industry figures focusing on specific topics including plot-building, editing and pitching, as well as offering insights into the industry as a whole. At the conclusion of these workshops, submissions for the project will open on Thursday, 26th May 2022 and will close on Sunday, 19th June 2022. During this period, writers will be invited to submit the first 5,000 words of their novel, as well as a synopsis of up to 1,000 words and an elevator pitch of up to 100 words.

For more information, to sign up to our events and to apply, please visit:


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DHA New Writers’ Open Week

The DHA Open Week is a bi-annual programme designed to give unagented writers an insight into the publishing industry. It is exclusive to writers from under-represented backgrounds and is part of DHA’s commitment to improving diversity in publishing. Our most recent Open Week was for fiction writers and took place in January 2021.

Please keep an eye on our social media accounts and website for news about the next DHA Open Week.