DHA to host second open day for under-represented writers

DHA to host second open day for under-represented writers

David Higham Associates will hold a second open day for under-represented writers, this time with a focus on writing for children.

Last month, 10 writers of adult fiction attended the open day at DHA's Soho office featuring talks by industry insiders and the chance to work one-on-one with a DHA book agent. 

In the wake of the open day's success, DHA is inviting applications from unagented writers living in the UK who identify as coming from under-represented backgrounds. 

DHA said applicants can include LGBTQ+ writers, writers from working-class backgrounds, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities and writers with disabilites. 

In a statement, the literary agency said: "DHA hope to have as wide and exciting a range of authors applying as the first open day, and particularly welcome submissions from applicants who are new to writing and the publishing industry at large."

Applicants are invited to submit the first three chapters and synopsis of any work of fiction or non-fiction aimed at children over the age of seven. This includes Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, as well as illustrated fiction and non-fiction. Picture books, poetry, graphic novels and screenplays will not be considered. 

Applicants should apply via the form on DHA's website before Monday 25th March. Applications open on Monday 28th January.