Escalator is our annual talent development scheme open to all fiction writers (novel or short story) living in the Eastern Region (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk). It has been running for almost a decade and in its life has supported over 90 writers in their creative projects, with many going on to sign with agents, publish and receive awards for their writing.

Ten successful applicants are selected for this free scheme, all of whom commit to a period of mentoring, a series of development opportunities, talks and workshops as part of a residential retreat, and take part in a final showcase.

At its heart is the mentoring; a one to one exchange between writer and mentor, whom interact regularly to review work, discuss challenges and set goals.

Read extracts from our 2017/18 Escalatees by clicking the ‘Winners & extracts’ tab

Sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.

The National Centre for Writing also offers a mentorship programme for emerging translators.