Welcome to the TLC News page, where we will be uploading stories about our clients, our readers, our mentors, and news about TLC events, as well as coverage in the media and updates on work we are doing across a broad range of areas, from appearances at literary festivals to exciting collaborations with other organisations. TLC is proud of the achievements of our clients, many of whom go on to find publication, either traditionally or in new digital or independent environments. You can find out about them here, and read more in our Success Stories page. You can also sign up to our newsletter for monthly updates on what we are up to, as well as any special offers we may be running.

Introducing The 2018 Michael Langan LGBTQ+ Free Read Writers

July 16, 2018 | Other News
Following the huge success of the 2017 Michael Langan LGBTQ+ Free Reads, TLC is delighted to announce the writers selected…

TLC Writers' Day 2018 Write-up

Write-up by My Ly As the warm Saturday sunshine shone on the Free Word Centre, delegates flocked inside to grab…

5 Tips for Getting the Most from your Beta Readers

July 01, 2018 | Blog, Other News
Beta reader (n.) A beta reader is a test reader of an unreleased work of literature or other writing (similar to beta testing in software), giving…

Stephanie Scott's Bridport Runner-Up Novel Sold for 6 Figures

June 29, 2018 | Other News
"TLC and The Bridport Prize have always been such a wonderful source of support for writers that it was a…

TLC Pen Factor Competition 2018 Shortlist and Longlist

June 18, 2018 | Other News
The reading panel for the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition 2018 have now finalised a longlist and shortlist. It is the first…

Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets' Prize Opens for Applications

June 10, 2018 | Other News, Press & Publicity
Applications are now open for the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize, a biennial award established by the Rebecca Swift Foundation. In…

From 'Okay' to 'Gripping' - A Writer's Journey Through Manuscript Assessment

June 05, 2018 | Other News
Okay. It’s a nice word. It signals acceptance, approval or agreement. If you hear the word ‘okay’ then you know…

On the Importance of Criticism and Self-belief

June 01, 2018 | Blog
Since 2001, TLC has received ongoing core funding from Arts Council England which has enabled the provision of bursaried manuscript assessments for…

Return of Michael Langan LGBTQ+ Free Reads

May 30, 2018 | Special Offers
Following the success of last year's LGBTQ+ Free Reads, TLC is delighted to announce it is once more partnering with…

Women Poets' Prize to Launch at Second Home Festival

May 22, 2018 | Other News
Women Poets' Prize Launches at Second Home Festival of Poetry The Rebecca Swift Foundation is proud to announce the launch…