In September 2019, Spread the Word launched their second London Writers Awards, with the 30 successful authors participating in their first writing lab. The London Writers Awards is Spread the Word’s annual development programme for talented London writers, and the 2019 Awards were supported by The Soho Agency, with agent Philippa Milnes-Smith forming part of the judging team. The aim of the Awards is to increase the number of writers from under-represented communities being taken up by agents and publishers and this year focused on four genres of prose writing: literary fiction (including short stories), commercial fiction (for e.g.: crime, science fiction, romance), narrative non-fiction and YA/children’s (including middle grade and Young Adult fiction, excludes picture books). The Awards run from September to May each year and are free to participate in. Bursaries are available for writers in need and there is an Access Fund for disabled writers. More can be found from the Spread the Word website including how to apply www.spreadtheword.co.uk.
The Soho Agency has been delighted that writer Emma Norry joined The Soho Agency following another Spread the Word project and has since published a first children’s non-fiction title with Scholastic, Son of the Circus, and received further commissions for both fiction and non-fiction from Scholastic, Penguin and OUP. She has also been awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice grant from the Arts Council.