The Free Reads scheme is for low-income writers resident in England, writing in English, who would not be able to afford TLC’s commercial fees (the commercial service is open to all), and prioritises those from under-represented backgrounds (writers of colour, disabled writers, LGBTQ writers and other under-represented groups). You can submit prose (fiction or non-fiction), poetry, short stories, children’s picture books or a script/screenplay (including treatments).
Current UK government guidelines suggest that low-income (household) equals 60% of the median household income. According to the latest figures this would put the national low-income threshold at roughly £18,000 per annum income. If you are not sure what low-income means, the Citizens Advice Bureau has some useful guidelines here, and there are some helpful calculations here to show how these margins are measured by the Government across the country. If you are a full-time student or pensioner, or in receipt of any kind of Universal Credit, you are eligible to apply. You may also submit HMRC self-assessment paperwork to show you are low-earning if you are self-employed and not in receipt of income support. If none of these apply but you feel you are still eligible, you may be asked to submit a signed declaration outlining your circumstances. This information will be anonymised and is confidential, but is a necessary requirement of TLC’s funding relationship with ACE, to show that the scheme is genuinely serving those most in need.
If at any stage you have any issues with the application process, require individual support with it, or require any of the information in a different format, please get in touch with TLC directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read the application guidelines carefully before submission.
Applications are now closed.
Successful applicants will be asked to provide their full piece for assessment by Monday 28 March 2022.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by email email@example.com or phone 01603 877177.
We highly recommend reading the FAQs section on this website before making your application.