New Writers' Scheme
The RNA is pleased to welcome unpublished writers into its unique New Writers’ Scheme. The scheme opens in January each year and can accept only 250 members.
The New Writers Scheme is now full for 2013 and no new applications can be accepted.
Applications will be on a first come, first served basis. No waiting list is maintained and we cannot accept applications in advance of the stated time and date.
Once you have received confirmation of a place, please download and complete the form at the bottom of this page and submit it with your payment.
The membership fee of £120 (£130 for non-EU members) allows unpublished authors to take part in all RNA activities and also submit a typescript of a full-length novel for appraisal. (Please note - this was the 2012 fee. 2013 fees will be advised when applications are opened.)
The Membership Secretary sends each new writer a membership pack giving details on how and when to submit the typescript. Once you have received this you can send your typescript to the New Writers’ Scheme Organiser.
All typescripts must be received by the NWS organiser by the end of August.
The organiser has a team of more than 50 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.
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. Scripts 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.
Once the Membership Secretary has confirmed your application, please download this form and send it to the Membership Secretary at the address specified in the form:
NWS Application Form (doc)