We offer a year of one-to-one mentoring and small group masterclasses to people of colour based in England as they write a novel for children or teenagers to a publishable standard. Megaphone is an Arts Council England-funded project run by children’s author Leila Rasheed and Commissioning Editor Stephanie King. The Arts Council England website is:  www.artscouncil.org.uk .Our other partners in 2020 – 2021 include Usborne Publishing and Writing West Midlands.

There are SIX places on Megaphone Mentoring this year. One of these places is reserved for a BESEA (British East or South East Asian) writer who will be mentored by Maisie Chan of Bubble Tea Writers’ Group. Each place costs £300 but bursaries, discounts and flexible payment are available. This year, because of Covid-19, we will be running online via Zoom.

Applications are now closed as of midnight on January 31st 2021.

If your application succeeds, you will receive:

  • 1-1 mentoring from a published children’s author, with feedback focused on your novel as you write it
  • Small group masterclasses with published children’s authors to develop your craft
  • Small group masterclasses with publishing professionals to develop your understanding of the publishing industry
  • Promotion to the publishing industry at the end of the scheme once your novel is complete

Our previous mentees have gone on to find agents and be published – Maisie Chan (Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths, 2021) and Danielle Jawando (And the Stars Were Burning Brightly, 2020) are returning as mentors in 2021.

For more information, head to HOW TO APPLY and FAQs. If you’d like to talk to us before you apply, drop us a line at megaphone.write@gmail.com .

We’re made possible by funding from Arts Council England and Usborne Publishing, and enormously grateful for the support we have received from Writing West Midlands and other partners over the years.

Equality and diversity statement

Megaphone’s aim is to support England-based people of colour as they write children’s literature.

We welcome LGBTQ+ people. We welcome people of all faiths and none.

We aim for an inclusive, respectful and considerate environment.  No harassment or bullying – including racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and disability abuse – will be tolerated. Aggressive, offensive, intimidatory, disrespectful behaviour or comments will not be tolerated. This applies to all aspects of communication at or in connection with a Megaphone event, including postings on social media. 

If you have any concerns about behaviour that doesn’t meet the standards above, please let us know at megaphone.write@gmail.com

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