New Writers' Scheme

The RNA is pleased to welcome unpublished writers of romantic fiction in all genres into its unique New Writers’ Scheme. The scheme opens in January each year and can accept only 250 members.

For 2017, applications to the Scheme open at 10 am on the 2nd January (UK time).  We cannot accept applications that arrive before this date.

Applications for the Scheme are by e-mail to the NWS Organiser. Applications will be on a first come, first served basis. No waiting list is maintained.

If you are a new member of the Scheme, you will be asked to complete a short membership form and submit it with your payment, once your place has been reserved by email.

The membership fee of £135 (£145 for members outside the EU) allows unpublished authors to take part in all RNA activities and also submit a manuscript of a full-length novel for appraisal. The New Writers’ Scheme Organiser sends each new writer a membership pack giving details on how and when to submit the manuscript.

All manuscripts must be received by the NWS Organiser by the end of August 2017.

The Organiser has a team of more than 60 readers who are authors with extensive publishing histories in various types of romantic novel. The scripts are sent to an appropriate reader who provides a report that may include, for example, comments on plotting, characterisation and structure. The reports are intended to be honest and constructive suggestions from a published novelist—they point out flaws but also offer advice based on experience. Please note that this is a scheme for romantic novels, ones where romantic content and love interest are integral to the story. The readers cannot comment on non-romance genres. We are also unable to provide critiques of books aimed specifically at the US market, and we cannot guarantee to provide critiques of books that are longer than 120,000 words.

The Organiser will advise and support authors whose report indicates that their novel is ready, or almost ready, to be submitted to a publisher and agent. Manuscripts which have been entered into the NWS and subsequently published as a debut novel by a NWS member are eligible for the Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Scheme Award.

Further information

For further information on the running of the scheme please consult Notes for Applicants. If your question has not been answered, then contact the New Writers’ Scheme Organiser.

If you have a query about an existing application to the Scheme, please contact the New Writers’ Scheme Organiser

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