Megaphone Writers CIC provides development for people of colour in England who want to write for children and teenagers. Our ultimate aim is to change bookshelves so every child can see themselves in stories. Our latest round of applications closed at midnight on 31/08/2023. We’d like to thank everyone who applied. If you have any questions about your application, please don’t hestitate to get in touch. Every applicant should now have received an email acknowledgement of receipt. The judges will meet at the end of September and mentees will be notified as soon as possible afterwards.
“I have never been on a writing scheme where there has been so much support and guidance, as well as a phenomenal range of masterclasses, open door sessions and ask the editor/agent events. Truly astonishing.”– Iqbal Hussain, Megaphone Mentee (2022)
Our previous mentees have included Branford Boase and Jhalak Prize winner Maisie Chan (Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths, Keep Dancing Lizzie Chu ) and multiple prize winner/ nominee Danielle Jawando (And the Stars Were Burning Brightly, When Our Worlds Collided) and Joyce Efia Harmer (How Far We’ve Come, forthcoming in 2023). Several of our most recent mentees have also signed with literary agents, and we look forward to seeing their books on the shelves soon!
“Real, targeted, personalised support. Equitable, transparent and meaningful. The support is amazing and I have learnt tonnes.”anonymous comment on Dec 2021 survey
Our work is supported by National Lottery funding from Arts Council England and ALCS. We’re enormously grateful for the past support we have received from Writing West Midlands , Usborne Publishing, The Publishers Association and other partners and generous individuals since 2015. If you or your organisation would like to help us help children’s writers of colour, please have a look at the Get Involved page for some ideas.