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Spread the Word

Spread the Word

Contact Spread the Word to provide a network for up‑and‑coming writers.

Founded in 1995 by Bernadine Evaristo and Ruth Borthwick to encourage new voices to emerge and tell their stories, Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency, celebrates, supports and advocates for the diversity of London’s writers and connects them with readers and audiences.

We run the Young Poet Laureate for London programme, which celebrates emerging poetry talent and provides a career-changing programme of engagements, professional development and networking; the London Short Story Prize; and the Flight 1000 Associate scheme, which develops the careers of London writers who want to enter the publishing industry and who are excluded due to social or financial disadvantage.

We run an annual programme of mentoring, workshops, masterclasses and events across London, often working in partnership with publishers, libraries, festivals, agents and literature organisations. In 2005, Spread the Word published the Free Verse report which asked why so few new Black and Asian poets were being published in the UK, and which ultimately led to the Complete Works–a mentoring scheme for advanced Black and Asian poets–being set up.

Our 2015 Writing the Future – Black and Asian Authors and Publishers in the UK Market Place report reopened the debate on diversity in publishing. We are now taking its recommendations forward.


Spread the Word
Room 6, The Albany
Douglas Way
London SE8 4AG


Twitter @STWevents