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East London Almasi League programme launched for emerging Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic writers. Newham New Deal Partnership is launching the second year of its Almasi League programme, supported by Arts Council England, which aims to develop both writing talent in BAME communities, and the audience for BAME writing.

Emerging Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers are invited to apply for a place on the Almasi League emerging writers programme. Successful applicants will take part in a structured workshop and tutorial programme over 10 months starting in October 2016 and culminating in public performance events, mentored by Almasi League Writer in Residence, Courttia Newland.

This will be the second cohort of the Almasi League. Find out more about the League by watching this YouTube video .

Applicants must be:

  • A British-based Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic writer in the first stage of their professional career as a fiction writer
  • Over 21 years of age

Preference will be given to those who have left university over 12 months before the date of application or have not undertaken any Further Education at all, and to those living or raised in East London boroughs (Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Waltham Forest, Newham).

Applications should be emailed to, and include the following:

  • A sample chapter or extract from a piece of original work of 2,000-2,500 words (12 point type)
  • One A4 page (12 point type) setting out a. who you are; b. how you meet the criteria; c. an outline of the writing project you want to work on during the programme; and d. what you want to get out of the menteeship.

The deadline for receipt of applications will be 9.00 a.m. GMT on Tuesday 30th August 2016.