The submission deadline for LitUp, a new fellowship program administered by Reese’s Book Club, has been extended to June 13. Conceived to champion underrepresented voices, LitUp is open to diverse writers who identify as women, who do not have an agent, and who have not yet published a book. The five fellows selected for the program’s first cohort will receive an all-expenses-paid five-day writer’s retreat, a three-month mentorship with an established author, and marketing support from Reese’s Book Club.
Using only the online submission system, submit a full-length adult or young adult fiction manuscript featuring a woman protagonist, a synopsis of up to 750 words, and a series of personal statements by June 13. There is no application fee. The inaugural class of fellows will be announced at the end of the year or in early 2022. Visit the website for complete guidelines, including details about eligibility and LitUp’s definition of diversity.
Reese’s Book Club is curated by actor and producer Reese Witherspoon and features books with “a woman at the center of the story.” In addition to providing a reading community to its members, the book club also gives back via The Readership, billed as its “pay it forward platform.” The Readership, which seeks to “advance diverse voices, promote literacy, and make book joy available to all,” helps power LitUp.