David Higham Associates (DHA) is running a series of events for adult and children’s fiction writers in its next New Writers Open Week.
A series of October events will build on previous DHA open days for under-represented writers, including the agency's first virtual open day this year.
The firm is inviting applications from writers outside the UK for the first time to take part in the virtual week.
DHA head of books Lizzy Kremer said: “We want to find an advantage in the fact our events for writers have to be virtual for now, by opening them up to much higher numbers and to authors writing in English outside the UK. The first suite of events this autumn will be open to every unagented applicant who meets our basic criteria of self-identifying as being from an under-represented community. The whole purpose of our events from the start has been for them to be as inclusive and accessible as possible so this is a very welcome step for us."
The events aim to demystify the industry, including advice on writing submission letters, a look at the role of the agent and the work of translation and film and TV rights teams.
Following the autumn line-up, 20 writers will then be selected to attend a DHA New Writers Open Week in January 2021, which will feature further talks from agents, authors and editors, and include an in-depth feedback session on their submitted work with a DHA agent.
DHA said it would welcome applications from LGBTQ+ writers, writers of colour, writers from working-class backgrounds, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities and writers with a disability. Entries must be in English and will be accepted from anywhere in the world, with the exceptions of North America, Australia and New Zealand. Writers should be unagented.
Submissions will open on Wednesday 2nd September. Applicants should apply with the first three chapters of their work, a synopsis and an application via the DHA site. The deadline for submissions is 12th October and the 20 selected writers will be informed by 16th December with the autumn events being hosted for all in mid-October with the dates to be confirmed.