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Opportunity: 'I am Malala' ed offers to edit work of one lucky BAME writer

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NETWORKING GROUP BAME in Publishing is thrilled to announce the opportunity for one writer of a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background to have their work edited by a senior editor from a major publisher.

Arzu Tahsin is publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, a part of the Orion Publishing Group, which represent a range of authors from Dame Julie Andrews to Jamelia. Tahsin is offering to edit a novel, novella or a few short stories for one author of a BAME background.

Tahsin said:

“For most of my career as a commissioning editor I have published books from a selection sent to me by literary agents, this is traditionally how it works. I have been lucky that the selection included writers from a broad range of diverse backgrounds including The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela among many others. These titles have all come through traditional channels and I know how hard it is for aspiring writers to find an agent.

“I am interested in voices from people who have come to writing because they are passionate to tell stories, people who might not have access to the creative writing schools or contacts within the industry. Our society is made up from diverse voices, I would like to reflect those voices back to readers.”

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Wei Ming Kam, co-founder of BAME in Publishing and sales and marketing assistant at Oberon Books, added:

“This is an incredible opportunity - Arzu has over 25 years of experience in the industry and to have work edited by her would be an invaluable experience for an upcoming BAME writer. We hope that writers from a wide variety of backgrounds will submit their work, and we're excited to read their writing.”

Important information:

Authors should not have had a book published before, although publication in journals or magazines (online or physical) is acceptable.

Tahsin is happy to edit adult literary fiction of most genres. To be in with a chance, please submit a short synopsis of your work, 200 words about yourself, and the first 20 pages of a novel or novella or one short story.

Submissions should be emailed to with the subject line 'Arzu edit' by 11.59pm on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Please note that this is not a publishing deal or a competition. All entries will be read by Sarah Shaffi and Wei Ming Kam, co-founders of BAME in Publishing, who will create a shortlist of up to 10 pieces of work to submit to Arzu Tahsin, who will select the entry to be edited.

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