Regional literature development agencies (England)

Literature Works (South West)

New Writing North

New Writing South (South East)

Spread the Word (London)

Writing East Midlands

Writing West Midlands

National literature development agencies

British Council (Literature)

Creative Scotland (Literature)

Literature Wales

The Royal Society of Literature

Scottish Book Trust
Charity with resources and opportunities for writers

Welsh Book Council
Focus for the publishing industry in Wales

Other organisations

Alliance of Independent Authors
Non-profit professional association for authors who self-publish

Apples & Snakes
Raising the profile of spoken word and poetry

Arkbound Foundation
Charity that aims to widen access to literature and improve diversity within the media industry

BBC Writers Room
Working with new and experienced writers in drama, comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, radio and online

Commonword (North West)
Writer development organisation

Crime Writers’ Association
Networking for British crime writers

Exiled Writers Ink
Exiled Writers Ink brings together writers from repressive regimes and war-torn situations and it equally embraces migrants and exiles.

Free Word
Exploring the political and cultural power of words

Historical Writers’ Association
Social support, opportunities and networking for anyone involved in historical writing

ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network)
Independent organisation of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk

King’s Lynn Literature Festivals
Presenting some of the best contemporary writers

Networking and information for people interested in writing for wellbeing

National Association of Writers in Education
Supporting the development of creative writing in all educational and community settings

National Union of Journalists
Voice for journalists and journalism in the UK

Out on the Page
Out on the Page is a UK based project which exists to support the development of LGBTQ+ Writers and Writing through networking, information, workshops, courses and retreats.

Pop Up Projects CIC

A non-profit children’s literature development agency which delivers Education, Community and Talent development programmes and produces a year-round Festival in schools across the UK

Ruppin Agency’s Writers’ Studio
One-to-one mentoring services for writers of adult and young adult fiction and narrative non-fiction

Society of Women Writers and Journalists
Encouraging literary achievement of women writers

Writers & Artists
Annual yearbook, series of guides and website providing information and industry contact details to help creatives get their work published

Manuscript assessment and editorial advice

The Literary Consultancy

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Professional development

Courses and grants for writers

The Writers’ Compass (National Association of Writers in Education)

Writers’ Services
Services and free information for writers


First Story
Development and training of both young and experienced writers

Ministry of Stories
Writing and mentoring space for young people aged 8-18

The Reading Agency
Charity inspiring people to read more and share their enjoyment of reading with others

Telling Tales
Creative writing courses for adults and children in Norfolk

Coaching and Mentoring

Gold Dust

Heidi Williamson 

Katri Skala


Arts Council England
There are many funding options available – search using their funding finder

The Society of Authors
The Society of Authors administers a number of grants for writers, to help fund works in progress and support authors in financial difficulty

Royal Literary Fund
UK charity providing grants and pensions to writers in financial difficulty

Crowdfunding for writers

Authors’ rights and interests

Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society
UK royalty collection and distribution organisation

English PEN
Defends and promotes freedom of expression and to remove barriers to literature

The Society of Authors
Protecting the rights and furthering the interests of authors. Prizes for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation and drama

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
Trade union representing professional writers

Literary translation

The Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Supports and celebrates the publication of Arab authors in English translation

British Centre for Literary Translation
Britain’s leading centre for the development, promotion and support of literary translation; part of the UEA and collaboration with Writers’ Centre Norwich

British Comparative Literature Association
Promoting the scholarly study of literature, across languages and borders, national or other

Educational, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (Creative Europe)
Increasing translation, promotion and readership of high-quality European literature

Emerging Translators Network
Forum and support network for early-career translators working primarily in English

Inbox Translation
London-based translation agency

Literature Across Frontiers
European platform for literary exchange

Modern Poetry in Translation
Magazine founded by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort promoting and showcasing poetry translation

SELTA (Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association)
Professional association, information exchange and register of translators

Translation and Literature
Scholarly journal focusing on English literature in its foreign relations

Translation Journal
Digital online journal for translators, interpreters, and interested friends of the industry

Small publishers we support

And Other Stories

Aurora Metro Books


Galley Beggar Press
An independent publisher committed to publishing daring, innovative fiction and narrative non-fiction

Peepal Tree Press
International writing from the Caribbean, its disporas and the UK

Penned in the Margins
Creates publications and performances for people who are not afraid to take risks

Salt Publishing
Committed to the discovery and publication of contemporary British literature

Magazine mapping new landscapes in international literature

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