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 closed.

We are in the process of reading your work and will respond to all applications by Wednesday 16th December. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at openday@davidhigham.co.uk.