The two publishers have joined forces for an exclusive call-out for commercial fiction submissions by BAME authors in August
Writers submitting to this call out should be unpublished and unagented. All submissions will receive feedback from a Bookouture editor.
‘We are committed to diversifying our list and ensuring that voices from all backgrounds are heard,' said Bookouture associate publisher Lucy Dauman. 'It’s more apparent than ever that writers from BAME backgrounds are under-represented in publishing and we hope that, by helping to shape the pitch and those all-important first chapters, we can add real value to a writer’s publication journey and discover some exciting new voices in commercial fiction.’
Farhana Shaikh, Founder of Dahlia Books and The Asian Writer, said: ‘We’re seeing lots of publishers rushing to diversify their lists which is right and long overdue. I’m thrilled to see that Bookouture are going one step further. Working with Lucy at Bookouture to bring this opportunity to writers from diverse backgrounds has been incredibly heartwarming. It’s a fantastic opportunity for BAME writers to receive editorial feedback, which I’m certain will help them to develop their writing talent and support their journey to publication.’
To submit, send the first three chapters/50 pages (up to 10,000 words), a synopsis and a brief bio.
The submission window will be open until 31 August.
For full details see the website.