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Hometown Tales


Jess Htay - August 11th, 2016

hometown tales splitAre you an unpublished writer? Do you have a story to tell? Is yours a voice that needs to be heard?

 We’re delighted to be launching a series of short books – Hometown Tales – featuring new voices from regions that are under-represented in the UK book market. Each book will include a work by an unpublished writer and one by a high-profile author, both writing about the same place. The series will promote greater inclusivity and provide a platform for new writers, helping them to launch the first step of their careers, edited and mentored by editors at W&N.

Writers who have not published a full-length work are invited to apply to feature in Hometown Tales by submitting a piece of fiction or non-fiction, of approximately 15,000 words, about a place in the UK including Northern Ireland where they were born or where they have lived. It can be a village, a town, a city or a region.

For a chance to see your writing in print, please send your work to the following address: hometown@orionbooks.co.uk. The closing date for submissions is 30 June 2017. Please see here for full terms and conditions .


Introducing the team . . .

Katie EspinerKatie Espiner, MD, the Orion Publishing Group

‘With the launch of Hometown Tales, we hope to open up our publishing further and actively seek out the many diverse voices that are not currently being heard across the creative industries. I am thrilled to be working with Simon Savidge and with so many great partners who already do so much in their own regions to promote creative writing and new voices from all quarters.’



SimonSimon Savidge, who writes the popular blog Savidgereads and co-founded the Green Carnation Prize, has joined forces with W&N and will act as Editorial Consultant for the series.

‘As a reader I love the diversity of literature and the power it has; all the amazing places we can travel and experiences we can share whilst curled up with a book. Yet there are so many voices, too many some might say, that we are not hearing enough of. I come from a working class Northern family, brought up by my mother while she studied in Newcastle; the childhood and life I saw growing up I rarely see reflected well in the publishing world, let alone the stories of my friends who come from all sorts of complex, fantastic and varied backgrounds. Working with Orion on this new venture is an amazing opportunity to help celebrate the diversity of narratives and get these out to fellow readers; looking for authors and voices from all walks of life, with all sorts of backgrounds. Some you will know, some you should know much better and some you (and I) have yet to discover.’  @SavidgeReads

Me 2.jpgSophie Buchan
, Senior Commissioning Editor, W&N

‘The publishing industry and culture at large need to embrace a wider variety of stories to remain relevant, to remain healthy, and to find the readers of the future. Coming from a largely forgotten part of North Scotland, I have keenly felt a lack of stories that reflect my own experiences and the places I know. With Hometown Tales we have the opportunity to broaden the horizons both of readers and of writers, and to break publishing out of its predominantly cosmopolitan mould.’ @SophieBuchan


JenniferJennifer Kerslake,
Editor, W&N

‘The idea for Hometown Tales arose from conversations about how to publish a more diverse range of voices – we as an industry have talked for a long time about diversity and now is the time for action. I’m from Devon, and growing up I loved listening to my grandfather’s tales of rural village life – and it would be great to see similar stories in print! We’re excited to find and celebrate new voices that are truly representative of the rich and varied culture we live in, writers who might feel discouraged or excluded from the publishing industry but who have brilliant stories to tell.’ @JenKerslake


ianwong.PNGIan Wong
, Editorial Intern, Creative Access

‘I’m very pleased to be a part of this project because diversity is very important to me and I would love to see a greater variety of voices in the industry.’ @ian_w90




Join the conversation @wnbooks #HometownTalesUK


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