OPPORTUNITY

TLC LGBTQ+ Free Reads 2024

Deadline: 30 June, 2024

Find Out More: https://literaryconsultancy.co.uk/2024/05/announcing-the-michael-langan-lgbtq-free-reads-2024/

Opportunity from: TLC

TLC is delighted to announce that, for the eighth year in a row, we are partnering with novelist and writing tutor Michael Langan to offer ten unpublished UK-based LGBTQ+ writers free professional feedback on the first 15,000 words of their fiction or creative non-fiction manuscripts.

Thanks to private donations, we were able to offer five places on top of the usual five generously supported by the scheme’s patron, Michael Langan. We would like to thank Writers’ HQ, Bluemoose Books, the novelist Laura Pearson, and a generous anonymous donor for their support of this scheme.

We rely on patrons, supporters and donors to ensure we can give generously to those most in need, and are grateful to those who opt to pay it forwards. Thank you.

Applications are open through Pride month (June 2024). All applicants will be invited to a reading and Q&A with Michael and guest speaker, literary agent Abi Fellows (DHH Literary Agency), and the selected writers will also receive free 15-minute one to ones with Abi.

This year, to honour the memory of 2021 LGBTQ+ Free Reads recipient Shereen Akhtar, who sadly passed away last year, we will be ensuring that one of the five spaces is reserved for a queer Muslim writer, with kind permission from her family. You can read more about Shereen and her writing on Spread the Word’s website here.

This is the eighth year the scheme is running, with several of our alumni now represented by major literary agencies and securing publishing deals.

Three of these opening extract assessments will be funded through the TLC Free Reads scheme (supported by Arts Council England), with two donated by Michael himself. We are extremely grateful to Michael for making this scheme possible and look forward to supporting another cohort of talented writers through our open applications. The scheme is completely free to enter. Applications from low-income LGBTQ+ writers will be prioritised.