The London Book Fair launches 2017 Author HQ initiatives for aspiring writers

The London Book Fair launches 2017 Author HQ initiatives for aspiring writers

Call for entries for Agent One-to-One meetings and the Fair’s ever-popular writing competition, The Write Stuff

[LONDON, 19 December 2016]:   The London Book Fair (LBF), the UK’s biggest gathering of international publishers and agents, has announced a Call for Entries for its Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff competition, which both take place in LBF’s Author HQ – the area of the Fair dedicated to writers and aspiring writers.


The Write Stuff is LBF’s Dragon’s Den style panel event that will see six authors pitch their books to a panel of literary agents in front of the Author HQ audience for the chance to win a follow-up meeting with an agent.  Each pitch is a maximum of three minutes, with the judging panel providing on-the-spot feedback to each pitch and the authors’ writing, having received in advance of the competition sample chapters of each finalist’s work.  The winner is announced on the day The Write Stuff takes place.  Natalie Hart, author of Not My Soldier, and winner of The Write Stuff 2016, subsequently secured representation with Ella Kahn, Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, who was on The Write Stuff 2016 panel of judges.


Natalie Hart, who will be at LBF 2017 to update on her year since winning the competition, said: “Participating in The Write Stuff was a wonderful experience.  Although I was nervous about talking about such a personal project, the opportunity to receive expert feedback was invaluable. The competition helped me hone the concept of my novel and hugely increased my confidence in my writing. Most importantly, through The Write Stuff I met an agent who shares my vision for the novel and is a delight to work with.  I highly recommend the competition to all aspiring writers.”


The Agent One-to-One programme offers Author HQ attendees the opportunity to meet with a leading literary agent, who will be on hand to review the author’s work, offer advice on the publishing process and provide feedback on authors’ pitches and ideas.   Meetings are by appointment only, and arranged in advance of the Fair through the application process outlined below.


Nicki Thornton, who attended an Agent One-to-One meeting at LBF 2016, said: “Author HQ was very buzzing, and I certainly really appreciated my One to One.  It was a great opportunity to have someone to read my sample chapters and to get some direct feedback before sending them out.  I have never had this opportunity before, so it was interesting, as well as useful.  The agent I met was so helpful in all she said and was able to pinpoint where I needed to focus some polishing and also what was working, so I got a brilliant steer.   It is so difficult to work these things out yourself and getting fresh eyes is really invaluable.  There is nothing like having an industry professional give you feedback to help you see your own work afresh.”


The London Book Fair – 14-16 March 2017, Olympia, London


To apply for either, or both, initiatives, authors are invited to submit their application to, with a covering note and synopsis about their book (maximum word count: 250 words for each application).   Spaces are limited, and applications do not guarantee an appointment.  To be considered, authors must have a minimum of three chapters of their work available.


Key deadlines are:

  • With immediate effect: Entries are now open and authors are invited to send in their submissions to in accordance with the published guidelines and application process
  • Friday 27 January 2017: Entries for both the Agent One to One programme and The Write Stuff close
  • Monday 13 February 2017: Applicants whose entries have been successful for the Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff shortlisted authors will be notified
  • Monday 20 February 2017: Deadline for authors participating in either the Agent One to One programme or The Write Stuff competition to submit sample chapters of their work
  • Friday 24 February 2017: The Write Stuff finalists notified


Author HQ, one of the most popular features of the Fair, will be in its sixth year for 2017.  There will be plenty on offer there for both established and aspiring authors, including a three day programme of seminars, with an impressive line-up of industry experts taking to the stage to share their expertise and knowledge.  In addition, authors will be on panels to share their experiences with the Author HQ audience.


All Author HQ events are free-to-attend with the purchase of a three-day LBF pass, which also includes access to LBF’s extensive Insights Seminar programme of 200+ events covering all aspects of the publishing industry.   Seminar places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Information on how to enter the Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff competition is below and can also be found at:

Further information on the seminar programme at Author HQ will be announced in January 2017.


For information about The London Book Fair and ticket information, please visit

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Notes to editors:  


Tuesday 14 March 2017: 09:00-18:30

Wednesday 15 March 2017: 09:00-18:30

Thursday 16 March 2017: 09:00-17:00



 Agent One-to-Ones

  • Writers who would like to apply for an Agent One-to-One are invited to submit their application by emailing with a covering note and synopsis of their book of up to a maximum word count in email total of 250 words (no attachments), with the genre from the list below in the email subject header from the following list:
  • Crime/Thriller
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Commercial Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Children’s/YA
  • Non-fiction
  • SF/Fantasy
  • Other
  • Spaces are limited and an application does not guarantee and appointment with an agent
  • Agents may request sample chapters of an author’s manuscript in advance of a meeting at LBF and appointments are confirmed on the understanding that authors have three chapters of their work available
  • Deadline to enter is Friday 27 January 2017, 17:00 and successful applicants will be notified by Monday 13 February 2017, 17:00 if their application has been successful and invited to send in a sample three chapters of their work by Monday 20 February 2017, 17:00
  • Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered in to


 The Write Stuff

  • Authors wishing to enter The Write Stuff competition should email putting The Write Stuff in the subject heading of their email and send a 250 word synopsis (total word count) about the book they would like to pitch to the Agent Panel and why they should be chosen
  • Deadline to enter is Friday 27 January 2017, 17:00. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by email by Monday 13 February 2017, 17:00 and invited to send through three sample chapters of their work, which will be required by Monday 20 February 2017, 17:00
  • The six finalists will be notified by Friday 24 February 2017, 17:00
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to
  • Applicants must have at least three sample chapters of their work available to be considered for entry



The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2017, the 46th Fair, will take place from 14-16 March 2017, Olympia, London.  LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three-day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 13 March. For further information, please visit:

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