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A writer’s fellowship for unpublished, underrepresented women. Submissions are currently closed.

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Paging dynamic, underrepresented super talented women writers

Powered by The Readership, LitUp will provide five emerging writers with an all-expenses-paid retreat, a three-month mentorship with a published author, and marketing support from Reese’s Book Club. LitUp is a journey and we’re with you every step of the way.

The Roadmap:
Hone Your Craft at Our Writer's Retreat

Hone Your Craft at Our Writer's Retreat

Selected fellows will participate in an all-expenses-paid writer's retreat to develop their manuscript and learn about the business side of publishing.

Get Mentored and Build a Support Network

Get Mentored and Build a Support Network

Post retreat, fellows are matched with a published author for a three-month mentorship to get their book ready for market.

Join the Reese’s Book Club Family

Join the Reese’s Book Club Family

Through it all, we stand by you every step of the way, including a first-look window with top agents and a book launch marketing commitment from us and our partners.


Open our eyes. Tell us an uplifting story that’s been overlooked. Introduce us to the diverse woman who’s falling in love while solving a murder mystery. Take us on an adventure where a diverse, time jumping heroine saves the day. We believe real magic lies in the stories we don’t always hear. The stories that make us laugh one second and cry the next. The stories we just can’t stop reading.

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Meet Our Inaugural Class of Fellows

Whose bright new voices and stories span a wide range of genres.

Sophia Chang


Adult Urban Fantasy

Chatham Greenfield

'Time and Time Again'

YA Romcom

Jaya Mehta

'The Other Side of the Door'

YA Contemporary

Katerina Ivanov Prado

'Still Life'

Adult Literary Fiction

Gina Isabel Rodriguez

'Forget Nothing'

Adult Literary Historical

Arriel Vinson

'The Freedom of Falling'

YA Novel in Verse

Guidelines & Eligibility

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Meet our partners

LitUp is made possible by a village of committed changemakers who believe diverse stories matter.

Dedicated to promoting literature that reflects all experiences, enabling us to discover and champion dynamic, diverse voices.

Specializes in rigorous and informative writing workshops and retreats, working with writers from all stages of their careers.

Deploys a wide range of tools – from impact investing to philanthropy to advocacy – in pursuit of a more equal and just America.

Enabling new voices to break in and break through in publishing. Together we’re driving change for tomorrow’s storytellers.

Committed to amplifying marginalized voices and highlighting perspectives from historically underrepresented communities.

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