When you apply to take part in Megaphone, we will collect your name and the email contact details you supply us with, in order to inform you about the progress of your application. We store this data electronically and retain it only as long as is necessary for these purposes. The data is not shared with any third party. We may also contact you to inform you about other opportunities for children’s writers. If you do not want to hear from us simply email us firstname.lastname@example.org and say ‘remove me from your mailing list’. We will never sell your details or pass them on without your consent.
When you apply for Megaphone mentoring we will only keep your application materials for reference (the writing sample and any additional information we ask for) until we have responded to you about the success or otherwise of your application, and provided you with any feedback we have offered. We will then delete it.
By applying to Megaphone you are agreeing that authors, editors and/ or agents judging the shortlist will have access to your writing sample and that Megaphone Writers CIC will be able to contact you using the email address you have given, solely about this application.
Judges will not be given your name, contact details or covering letter without your active consent. An example of when we might seek your consent to pass on your details might be if an editor on the judging panel showed an interest in your writing sample and wanted to discuss it with you. We may ask you to complete surveys. This is always optional. The data collected is not linked to your application in any way. Our purpose in carrying out surveys is to find out what you think about what we do and how we can improve, including by collecting statistical information about who we work with. Megaphone Writers CIC does not act as an agent or middle-man and will not have any sort of role or claim in any contract you enter into with a literary agent or publisher.
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 we determine that inappropriate behaviour is occuring on any online event we host, such as to cause distress to anyone in the space, we will end the event at once.
If you have any concerns about behaviour that doesn’t meet the standards above, please let us know at email@example.com