Footnote will always welcome
submissions, especially from marginalised writers. However, because of a lack of opportunities many writers of colour just don’t feel ready to pull together a book proposal – yet.

Below are some brilliant resources which will help you access the experience and expertise you need to start or continue writing.



ReWrite champions debut and emerging Black women and women writers of colour with courses, editorial services, book reviews, an online literary magazine and events.


Creative Future

Brighton-based Creative Futures showcase underrepresented creatives across industries. They provide skills training, mentoring, exhibiting, promoting, and publishing opportunities.


Spread The Word

Spread The Word are aim to kick-start the careers of London’s new writers, and campaign to ensure that publishing reflects the city’s diversity through workshops, schemes, prizes and projects.


Jericho Writers

Oxford-based Jericho Writers are a team of well-connected real-life writers offering courses IRL and online, editing services and mentoring to new authors.


Creative Access

An equal access creative industries employer, Creative Access have a rich alumni retention programme for mentoring new interns and are always advertising exclusive vacancies.



Megaphone is a writer development scheme, giving support to BAME (Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic) writers as they write their first novel for children or teenagers.


Writers of Colour

Words of Colour is an immersive change agency, creates sustainable opportunities for writers, creatives, entrepreneurs and communities of colour to thrive.

Speaking Volumes

Speaking Volumes is a live literature organisation specialising in getting underrepresented voices heard, reaching diverse audiences and finding exciting ways to present the work of writers.


Mentoring programmes_

The Clare Mackintosh Scholarship for Black Writers

Author Clare Mackintosh sponsors a place on Curtis Brown Creative’s Six Month Novel Writing Course, featuring direct input from their literary agent team and with mentoring from Clare herself.


Black Girl Writers Mentoring Programme

Black Girl Writers is a free mentoring programme for Black women who write. They pair Black women with a range of industry professionals, including experienced authors and agents. They also host online workshops throughout the year.



Jessica Kingsley Publishers Writing Prize

Open to new and un-agented authors, particularly people of colour, accepting entries centred on stories of resistance.


Spread The Word Life Writing Prize

For new, emerging and unpublished life writers to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK.


Creative Future Writers’ Award

An award for talented writers from a wealth of backgrounds supported by industry experts that has been running for almost a decade.


Mo Prize

A prize to help discover new Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity voices in publishing.


Online spaces_

Media Diversified

Media Diversified is a non-profit magazine working to enrich the UK’s media landscape and challenge the homogeneity of voices in UK news media, through addressing the under-representation of marginalised communities.


Uncle Shuks Recommends Stuff

A weekly newsletter from the inimitable Nikesh Shukla which offers writing advice, musings and valuable insight into the publishing industry.

And a final reminder that if you’re ready to submit a book proposal, we’re excited to read it – find out more here!