Are you an unpublished working class prose writer trying to get into print?

Novelist Kit de Waal is editing an anthology to give new working class writers a platform. Inspired by a shared concern that working class voices are increasingly absent from the pages of books and newspapers, Kit de Waal has come together with Unbound and Literature Works, to publish new writers alongside established writers and to provide a development programme.

Common People will bring together sixteen well-known writers from working class backgrounds with an equal number of new writers. Literature Works is seeking submissions of personal memoir from writers in the South West who are largely unpublished for inclusion in the anthology. The two writers selected will be published in Common People and will be offered writer development support from Literature Works.

This is your chance to be published alongside Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman OBE, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dr Dave O’Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Adelle Stripe, Tony Walsh, and Alex Wheatle.

Find out more about Common People in this film.

Submission process:

a. Live, work or study in the South West.

b. Consider yourself from a working class background.

c. Be an ‘emerging writer’ (with only modest previous publications)

d. Not have an agent or publishing contract

– A piece of prose memoir between 2000 and 3000 words in length

– A brief description of why you consider yourself to be working class (max. 200 words)

Please note: If selected you must be happy to take part in our Regional Working Class Writers Development Programme, which is currently seeking funding. This Development Programme will provide support through mentoring and training and a bursary to cover some costs that may be incurred through this work.

Please email your submission to with a subject line of ‘Common People writer submission’.

Closing date is Friday 2nd March 2018, 12 noon.

You will be notified of success by Friday 23rd March 2018.

Terms and conditions
– Submissions will be judged by a panel of Literature Works staff
– The panel’s decision is final and no further discussion will be entered into regarding the outcome of your submission.
– Copyright remains with the writer.