Short fiction and FAB by Avantika Taneja

Delighted to say that Megaphone participant Avantika Taneja’s two part short story (The Birthday Wish) will be appearing in the summer double issue of AQUILA which is entitled Utopia. This short fiction is based on the novel Avanti wrote as part of Megaphone. The summer issue of AQUILA, with Avanti’s story in it, will be sent out to subscribers at the beginning of July and is also available to buy from the website or by telephoning the office as a single copy: www.aquila.co.uk

Avanti is having a great month – she has also been highly commended in the Faber/Andlyn BAME writers and illustators competition!

Write Now is back!

Last year, Write Now was a welcome new opportunity for writers from groups under-represented in publishing and authorship. Joyce Efia Harmer, who was one of the Megaphone participants, was also successful on that scheme, so they clearly have great taste! I’m glad to hear it is back again. Here’s the info. :

WriteNow, Penguin Random House UK’s programme to find, mentor and publish new writers currently under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves, opens for applications today.

Through WriteNow we’re looking for new writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) and BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers, or writers with a disability, to help make books and publishing more representative of the society we live in.

At the heart of the campaign are three insight days in London (9 September), Bristol (16 September) and Newcastle (23 September) where 150 writers will have the opportunity to get one-to-one feedback on their work from an editor, and meet literary agents and published authors.

10 of those writers will then be invited to join our year-long mentoring programme, working with a Penguin Random House editor to develop their manuscript. Ultimately, we hope to publish these 10 writers.

 Find out more and apply before 16 July at: http://www.write-now.live/