How to apply

Applications for Escalator 2019 have now closed.

Escalator 2019 seeks ambitious new voices in fiction. If you feel your voice is under-represented and would benefit from a structured period of support, then we want to hear from you!

We particularly encourage writers who have not undertaken a formal creative writing qualification, or whom wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to benefit from this kind of support.

If you are one of the 10 successful writers selected for the scheme, you will be offered:

  • Five sessions of one-to-one mentoring with one of our amazing mentors
  • A retreat at Norwich UNESCO City of Literature in July 2019
  • Workshops and development sessions to support your wider development
  • A showcase event in London in November 2019, with an audience of invited guests and industry professionals
  • Space on the National Centre for Writing website to showcase your work.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Live in the East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk)
  • Not be currently studying for an accredited course in Creative Writing
  • Be available to commit to the duration of the mentoring and dates set out for the period of the scheme
  • Be over the age of 18 on the date of application
  • Apply with an adult or YA fiction piece, written in English of which you are the sole author; children’s or non-fiction is not eligible
  • Be available to attend the welcome event on Saturday 19 January 2019

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

Applications for Escalator 2019 have now closed.

If you need further information about the Escalator then please get in touch on 01603 877177 or email:

Key dates

Deadline: Monday 29 October at 5pm

Applicants notified by: End November 2018

Welcome event: Saturday 19 January 2019, National Centre for Writing, Norwich

Norwich UNESCO City of Literature Retreat: Friday 12 – Monday 15 July 2019

Escalator Showcase 2019: Thursday 14 November, London

Before you contact us, please see if these frequently asked questions can help you.