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 (TLC) and funded by the Arts Council of England.

You are eligible if you are:

  • a writer of fiction and poetry only.
  •  from a low income background. Commonword works with a definition of low income as at or below 75% of median individual income.
  •  able to submit either 50 pages of fiction plus a 2 page synopsis or 300 lines of poetry if nominated by Commonword. (The usual cost for this service is £100 – £300.)  Priority will be given to writers of high quality manuscripts who are of low income.
  • a permanent resident in the North West

How to apply

If you would like to be considered, please request an application form, from the Free Read Scheme at Commonword. Complete the form and post it to us, together with 5 sample pages of the manuscript you would like to be critiqued.

What happens if you are nominated by Commonword?

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.

For further information email

If you are not in the North West, but are in England, you can find a Free Read organisation near you.