DHA’s first Virtual Open Day


We received over 100 submissions for our Newcastle Open Day and were thrilled and impressed by the high standard of applications. Although the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis means we have been forced to take the disappointing decision not to host our Open Day in Newcastle, we would like to honour the commitment we made to a select number of the writers who applied. Therefore, we are delighted to announce that we are taking this opportunity to host our first DHA Virtual Open Day this June.

Over the coming weeks we will be working hard to organise a series of online sessions to answer questions about all aspects of the industry, from the role of an agent to the publishing process, as well as one-to-one sessions to provide tailored feedback on current writing projects. This promises to be an informative and exciting series, offering the opportunity to share sessions with like-minded writers and gain invaluable insight into the publishing industry from one of the world’s leading literary agencies.

These Open Day sessions will be hosted online, and we will be selecting the writers who attend from the pool of applicants who applied to our June 2020 Open Day.

We remain committed to reaching as many writers from under-represented backgrounds as possible and are thrilled that this new format means we can engage with a bigger group of people than ever before. As such, we will be inviting all of our shortlisted writers to attend certain Open Day sessions online. We will also be selecting fifteen writers to receive 1-1 feedback from one of our agents, and to attend further exclusive Open Day sessions.

We will respond to all applicants by Monday 27th April. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions in the interim: openday@davidhigham.co.uk. We look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months!

** Applications have now closed. We will respond to all applicants by Monday 27th April **