The TLC Free Reads Scheme offers low-income writers the opportunity to get free professional feedback on their writing via The Literary Consultancy, the UK's leading editorial consultancy.

TLC has helped hundreds of writers on to publication, but its main aim is to support writers developing their work and honing their writing craft through structured constructive feedback. Since 2001, TLC has been in receipt of funding from Arts Council England to extend its offer to those unable to pay the fees for its commercial services.

The Free Reads Scheme is open to all writers resident in England through a range of partners. You can find a map of the partners operating in each region and more information about the scheme here.

Applications from writers belonging to groups currently under-represented in publishing including women writers, disabled writers, BAME writers, and members of the LGBQT community are particularly welcome.

As a diversity partner supporting TLC’s Free Reads scheme, Shape invites disabled writers to apply using the process below, which includes links to further information and FAQs sheet.

The pool of writers applying to Shape will be decided by us following a selection process. Written feedback for selected writers will usually arrive within 4-6 weeks of it being submitted to TLC by Shape.

In order to be considered for this opportunity you will need to be:

  • A writer who is actively engaged in your practice, whether or not you are published or aiming for publication
  • Self-identified as disabled
  • On a low income
  • A resident of England
  • Over the age of 16
  • Not part of a creative writing programme or longer writing course at the time of submission
  • Did not submit to the scheme in 2018

Please submit all forms alongside a sample of your writing (fiction, play, autobiography or memoir, for example) with a maximum length of 5000 words for prose; up to 20 pages for scripts; or up to 100 lines for poems.

Download the information pack here

Download the application form (including equal opportunities form) here

Deadline for applications is Noon on 30 August 2019

E-mail all forms and sample writing to: [email protected] 


If you have any further queries please contact us via [email protected] or call 0207 424 7330


Image banner: Writers performance, Tate Modern, 2018, Shape Arts