PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. 

Before you apply, please read through the FAQs page!

To apply, send an email to megaphone.write@gmail.com , with the subject line APPLICATION and attaching two separate Word documents as follows:

Document 1) – WRITING SAMPLE

A 500 to 1000 word sample of writing, INCLUDING A TITLE, followed by a brief (half a page) description of your ideas for the novel you would like to write.

This need not be  writing for children ,but do give us something that demonstrates your ability to tell a story, shape an image, draw a character, so maybe not an excerpt from your Chemistry thesis (though who knows?!).

Why do you want this?
Because we are offering places to applicants based on the quality of their writing and their ideas for their stories.

IMPORTANT!!! DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON THIS DOCUMENT – we want it to be anonymous so we can select without bias.

Document 2) – LETTER OF APPLICATION

A letter (you can address it to Dear Megaphone!) explaining why you would like a place on the scheme, and demonstrating a serious interest in writing for children/ teenagers and a sustained writing habit.

IMPORTANT!!! PUT YOUR NAME, EMAIL AND CONTACT DETAILS AND TITLE OF THE WRITING SAMPLE, ON THIS DOCUMENT ONLY.

How do I demonstrate a serious interest in writing for children/ teenagers?

For example, you might tell us about children’s/teen books you’ve read and loved, and how they have inspired you to write your own. Anything that demonstrates your passion for writing, children and literature!

And what counts as a sustained writing habit?

We just want to see that you are committed to your writing and are able to give the time to it that you will need to do, to successfully complete the scheme. You might do this by listing writing courses previously taken (for example, an adult education course or a weekend workshop), but it would equally be fine to just describe your writing schedule and some clear goals that you have met (for example, if you made a resolution to write 1000 words a week, and stuck to it). Not everyone can afford to go to writing courses and we will be looking more for a sense that writing is central to your life. If you have made changes in your life to accommodate your writing, let us know about them. We want to know that you will be able to manage your time and are sufficiently committed to complete the course.

What if I can’t afford it?

A place on Megaphone will cost a successful applicant £300. This does not reflect the real cost of the scheme, which is much greater, and generously funded by Arts Council England and the PA Children’s Book Group in association with EQUIP. However, funding is available to cover the fees of applicants who could not otherwise afford to take up a place.

If you wish to apply to have your fees paid, please say so in the letter. Please also briefly state on what basis you are applying – for example, if you are in receipt of benefits or income support, or have a low household income. We may ask to see proof of your financial status if you are accepted onto the scheme.

CHECKLIST:
Is the subject line APPLICATION?
Have you attached a writing sample in a Word document?
Does the writing sample document contain
1) a 500 – 1000 word writing sample
2) a TITLE
3) a brief description of the novel you would like to write?

Have you attached a letter of application in a Word document?
Does the letter of application contain your NAME, EMAIL, ANY OTHER CONTACT DETAILS AND THE TITLE OF THE WRITING SAMPLE?
Have you sent it to the correct email address: megaphone.write@gmail.com ?

What happens after I’ve applied?

You’ll get an automatic response which you should take as evidence of receipt. We anticipate a large volume of applications so sadly we cannot reply to each one individually, but we are looking at ways in which all applicants and interested parties can benefit in some way from Megaphone – please follow us on Twitter @MegaphoneWrite to keep updated.

What happens after 24th December?

The applications will be longlisted, shortlisted and the 5 participants selected with the input of editors (see WHO IS INVOLVED). If you are selected, you will be notified by email in February 2016  and invited to meet Leila Rasheed in Birmingham on 05/03/2016. This meeting is for you to determine whether you feel there is a good ‘fit’ between you and the tutor, and to have the option of declining. We will also discuss your plans for your novel and make arrangements for the one-to-one meetings. At this point, if you have stated a need to have your fees covered, we may ask for some proof of financial status.

The first masterclass will be in April 2016, and they will take place through the year on Saturdays in Birmingham at Writing West Midlands’ offices.

Part of the scheme involves making a promotional film so that your work and you can reach as many potential publishers as possible, so  we will need you to sign consent to be photographed/filmed.If for some reason you are not happy to be filmed/ photographed however, this will not mean you cannot take up your place.

If you are not successful you will be notified in the week of 31/03/2016. We are looking at ways of making sure everyone who applies can benefit from Megaphone in some way, so please keep in touch by following the site or @MegaphoneWrite on Twitter.

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