Commonword has been selected to nominate a number of writers from the North West of England for a Free Read Service provided by The Literary Consultancy and funded by the Arts Council of England. The Free Read Scheme is open to writers of fiction and poetry only.

If you are not in the North West but are in England then the link below shows where you can find a Free Read organisation near you:

If you are permanently resident in the North West would like to be considered for nomination to the FREE READ service please complete and post to us the form below together with 5 sample pages of the manuscript you would like to be critiqued.

In order to be applicable for the Free Read Scheme, you must be from a low income background. Commonword works with a definition of low income as at or below 75% of median individual income. Using the current figure of median income from the ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2016 of £28,028 the figure we consider to be low income is £21,021.

Nominated writers will be able to submit either 50 pages of fiction plus a 2 page synopsis or 300 lines of poetry. (The usual cost for this service is £100 – £300.)  Priority will be given to writers of high quality manuscripts who are of low income.

Manuscripts chosen to be sent to TLC will be read by an experienced editor, University Creative Writing tutor or similar, who will provide a detailed, professional  critique of your work and where appropriate recommend appropriate agents/publishers.

 If you want to be nominated please request an application form: Free Read Scheme, Commonword, 3 Planetree House, 21-31 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JG.

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