BWA Brit Writers – request for help

My previous post raised a number of questions to which I and others would like an answer. A national newspaper is currently investigating these matters and would like to speak to people who have direct experience of:

  1. Being shortlisted for (or indeed winning) one of the BWA’s awards;
  2. Entering their Publishing Programme;
  3. Taking consultancy advice from their ‘Agents Division’;
  4. … Or indeed, anything else that you think relevant to this whole investtigation.

If you are happy to speak to this extremely reputable newspaper, please write directly and in confidence to me at

Say in a few lines (not a five pager, please!) what the gist of your experience was and please include a phone number where you can be reached. She’ll probably be in touch on Monday.

The journalist in question will want to speak to you and explore your experience. If you do not want your name to be published, that’s completely fine – just make it clear to the (very nice) journalist who will be talking to you. If you have signed a non-disclosure agreement, we will make sure that any of your comments will be printed anonymously, but our view is that NDAs should not be used to repress open discussion of a company’s services. (I mean: can you think of ANY company you have ever interacted with that uses legal force to prevent you discussing your experience of them? Nope. Thought not.)

The sooner you can get emails over to me the better. If you can tweet this post, or link to it from your blog or website, then please do. Thank you.

Further comment, added 6.45 pm, 11 Nov 2011: I understand that there have been some suggestions that the BWA somehow fabricated a letter from Gordon Brown, sent from 10 Downing Street when he was Prime Minister. Just to set the record straight, I am certain that this letter was completely genuine. There are some valid questions about the BWA, but the authenticity of the statements of support from Messrs Brown, Cameron and Clegg is not amongst them.

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