DHA New Writers’ Open Week

We are delighted to be building on previous DHA Open Days for Under-Represented Writers with our next DHA New Writers’ Open Week for adult and children’s fiction!

Following the successful transition to online events for our Virtual Open Day earlier this year, we will be hosting the event series digitally once again. Taking advantage of the broader reach this grants us, we will be opening them up to a wider audience and, for the first time, to authors writing in English outside of the UK.


The week commencing 9th November, we are thrilled to be inviting all qualifying applicants to a series of events which aim to demystify the industry. These events will cover:

Submitting your Book: how to submit your work to agents, preparing your submission package and how to find the right agent for you

Pitch to Publication: what to expect from an agent from signing through publication and beyond

Your Book in Translation: while a primary agent will sell your book in the English language, these talks will explore how stories can end up in multiple languages around the globe

Film & TV Rights In Your Book: some novels live another life off the page. This talk will shed light on the exciting avenues your book might go down if adapted for film, TV or stage

You can find the full schedule here.

A shortlist of twenty writers will then be selected to attend our DHA New Writers’ Open Week in January 2021. This will feature further exclusive workshops with authors and editors, and include an in-depth 1-2-1 feedback session on their submitted work with a DHA agent.


Applications are now open! We are pleased to be inviting both adult and children’s fiction entries, and welcome applications from the following: LGBTQ+ writers; writers of colour; writers from working-class backgrounds; writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities; and disabled writers. Entries must be in English and will be accepted from anywhere in the world, with the exceptions of North America, Australia and New Zealand (on the basis that there are thriving publishing and agenting communities in those territories). Writers should be un-agented and asked to notify us if they are offered representation or become agented at any point during the Open Week process.

We will not be considering submissions of poetry, plays, non-fiction, picture books or screenwriting at this event.

To apply, writers will need to submit the following:

– The first three chapters of their work (max 10k words)
– A 1-2 page synopsis
– A completed application form


**We have extended our deadline!**

The deadline for submissions is now Monday 26th October and the 20 selected writers will be informed by Wednesday 16th December. All applicants will be contacted about the November events once submissions have closed at the end of October.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at openday@davidhigham.co.uk. We look forward to receiving your submission. Good luck!

Check out our poster here.

About you:

About your submission:

Please upload the first three chapters of your submission and a one to two page synopsis below:

Thank you and good luck!