The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, part of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, has remained the authoritative resource for practical publishing guidance and putting people in touch with the creative industries for over a century. Along with its sister title, the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, it publishes every year in July. These guides are renowned for practical support and unrivalled up-to-date advice for writers and publishers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and scripts for screen and stage. They also include over 4,500 industry contacts, such as UK and international literary agencies, publishers, media companies, newspapers, magazines, and prizes and societies.for putting people in touch, writers and artists alike, with the publishing industry for over 100 years. For a brief history of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, click here
Created in 2011 as a digital extension of our Yearbooks in both name and ethos, www.writersandartists.co.uk is a dynamic, free-to-join community platform that’s home to over 70,000 subscribers. The site features hundreds of free-to-view articles and resources that offer essential practical guidance on both the creative and publishing process, as well as insight into careers within the publishing industry itself. On top of being a digital space for like-minded creatives to connect, the site also hosts regular free writing competitions, and provides opportunities for people to pitch blog posts or upload writing calendar entries. Exclusive discounts, reward point incentives, and information about industry initiatives (such as work placements or financial assistance) are shared on a regular basis.
In addition to the free content, writersandartists.co.uk also offers a range of competitively priced editing services, events, writing courses, and subscription products. Our editing services are designed to give writers access to the guidance and expertise of industry professionals at crucial moments in the development of their manuscript. W&A events take place online and in locations across the UK. They feature practical, engaging workshops and presentations by best-selling authors, literary agents and editors, while our online writing courses are led by authors and creative writing practitioners. The Listings area of the site is a subscription-based resource that provides a searchable database of contacts from the Writers' & Artists' Yearbooks, as well as hundreds of online-only entries.
Writers & Artists is proud to have developed our ‘Accessible to All’ initiative, which includes offering creative financial support to underrepresented writers and illustrators.
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About the W&A Team
Alysoun Owen has an MA in English from Somerville College, University of Oxford. She is the Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and, in this role, is a regular speaker at literary conferences and publishing events. She is the author of the Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to Getting Published (Bloomsbury 2019).
Alysoun has over 25 years publishing experience in Academic, Professional and Trade publishing. She established her publishing consultancy and project management business Alysoun Owen Consulting Ltd in 2012, which has a particular focus on digital strategy and implementation. www.alysounowen.com
Eden Phillips Harrington is the Assistant Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 with a BA in English and soon joined the Writers & Artists team as an Editorial Assistant. For over seven years, she has worked closely with literary agents, publishers and industry professionals to demystify the publishing process for the aspiring writer.
James Rennoldson has a degree in Journalism and English Literature from the University of Central Lancashire and an MA in Novel Writing from Brunel University. He is the author of the Writers' & Artists' Guide To How to Hook An Agent, a Q&A guide based on over 180 questions regularly posed by aspiring authors at W&A events. James is W&A Product Owner, and has overseen the development of writersandartists.co.uk, as well as W&A events and editing services, since 2014.
Clare Povey was born and raised in Barking & Dagenham. She studied French at the University of Sheffield and joined Writers & Artists in 2016. In 2018, Clare was shortlisted for the Trailblazer Awards and established the Writers' & Artists' Working-Class Writers' Prize, providing writers with author mentoring and publishing opportunities and support. Clare is now W&A Content and Partnerships Manager as well as a children's fiction author. Her debut middle grade book, The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre was selected as a Waterstones Book of the Month and published in 2021 by Usborne. Its sequel, The Bad Brothers, was also published by Usborne in 2022.
Clare’s list of favourite authors could well be endless but some of her favourite 'faves' are: Octavia E. Butler, Tahar Ben Jelloun, David Mitchell, Leïla Slimani, Katherine Rundell, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Gabrielle Zevin, Colson Whitehead, Michael Chabon, Brit Bennett, Otessa Moshfegh, and Trenton Lee Stewart.
About Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is a leading independent publishing house established in 1986. Its founder and Chief Executive is Nigel Newton, and it has offices in London, Oxford, New York, Sydney and Delhi.
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