AllStories 2024

15th May 2024

ALL STORIES, the development programme for underrepresented writers (people of colour, disabled, neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, working class and socio-economically marginalised), is now open for its third round of mentorships in 2024. With a focus on writers of picture books and young fiction, the ten authors chosen will work closely with an editor-mentor, developing their work ready for agent and publisher submission through six months of comprehensive 1:1 support alongside practical workshops delivered by industry editors.

With the ambition to make a difference, All Stories continues to break down barriers for underrepresented writers by focusing its support on those unable to afford to pay for creative development. This year, All Stories has secured headline-funding from Arts Council England – with its largest grant so far enabling a UK-wide programme of activity – alongside ALCS (Authors’ Licencing and Collecting Society) and Inclusive Books for Children. Keen to extend its reach to more writers from underrepresented backgrounds, All Stories encourages applications from anyone who is interested in taking their writing to the next level.

With eight previous mentees having secured agent representation, and five with book deals – tangible success for over a third of all participants in less than three years – All Stories’ focus is to build on its success in helping talented authors of the future access crucial development opportunities on their journey to publication.

Catherine Coe, All Stories founder and director, says: “All Stories has been helping break down barriers for underrepresented writers since 2021, with incredible achievements for our mentees in a short space of time. I’m overjoyed that our funders have recognised the importance of our work so we can continue the success story and help more talented writers achieve their dreams. It could be you – your story, your talent, could be the next window, mirror or door to a young reader. We’re here to give underrepresented writers the confidence and tools to navigate and thrive in the industry, and to impassion and assist the industry in continuing the changes it has begun to make on the road to becoming fully inclusive and diverse.”

Patron of All Stories, Patrice Lawrence adds: “I come from a working class background and was the first in my family to be born in the UK. I had no idea how publishing worked even when I was eventually published! It’s a privilege to be part of such a successful initiative that supports people to realise their writing ambitions.”

Patron, Rashmi Sirdeshpande says: “The importance of diversity in publishing is no longer a debate. We know it matters. Programmes like All Stories that help us get there by finding and nurturing underrepresented voices and opening doors, making this tough and often opaque industry more accessible. It shows writers who need that extra support and development and that they absolutely do belong in this world. That sense of belonging is everything.”

For further information and the application form, go HERE.

Applications close: 11.59pm 24th June 2024.