Open Day

We are delighted to announce that the DHA Open Day will back this November, inviting submissions from writers of literary and commercial fiction for adults! Launched in 2018, the DHA Open Days aim to demystify the industry, and support writers from underrepresented backgrounds to gain valuable industry knowledge and develop their work. Our 2023 Open Day will build on the success of previous years, inviting ten exceptional writers to take part in a day of free workshops and seminars from authors, editors, and leading industry professionals, alongside an in-depth 1-1 feedback session on their submitted work with a DHA agent.


Watch the Introduction Session now! 

We were excited to hold an Online Introduction Session on Thursday 27th July. The session offered advice on how to put together a submission, top tips on approaching an agent, things to avoid when querying, and what the agency is looking for.

Attendees also had the chance to provide a ‘one-line pitch’ for their novel-in-progress. We discussed and offered feedback on a selection of these pitches on the Zoom call, so you can hear how a pitch would land with an agent. All pitches were kept anonymous in the discussion.

The recording of the online introductory session is available here.


Submissions for the New Writers’ Open Day are now closed. 

The ten chosen writers will be informed in October, and the Open Day will take place on Thursday 16th November.



The Open Day is scheduled to be held in November in DHA‘s London offices, and we are happy to provide reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses on request for the ten invited writers. Our offices are wheelchair accessible with elevators, accessible bathrooms and barrier-free pathways, and we will make every effort to meet individual access needs. We are also able to provide an online option if any invited writers would prefer to attend the Open Day virtually.


If you have any queries or require additional support to attend the Open Day in person, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

We look forward to reading your submission!