David Higham Associates (DHA) has announced this year's open day will take place online, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The bi-annual event, which provides new writers with industry insight and feedback on their work, was originally scheduled to take to place in Newcastle in June.
Selected from over 100 submissions, this year's finalists are Akeem Balogun, Jo Beckensall, Hannah Hobson, Lizzie Hudson, Adelle Kirk, Amy Lord, Hollie Moat, Tiffany Ong, Mika Royd, Adam Smith, Jessica Smith, Rilda Taneko, Sonia Thompson, Hazell Ward and Ashley Williams-Leon.
The finalists will receive individual feedback on their work from a DHA agent, via Zoom invitation. A series of online sessions answering questions about the publishing industry will be available to all applicants who made the shortlist, of which there are 30.
The 15 finalists will also have the opportunity to attend further virtual open day workshops, hosted by DHA.