For some people, the world of literature can seem remote and forbidding. The Royal Society of Literature’s Outreach Programme seeks to change this.

Young People

We work with state schools and RSL Fellows to provide inspirational author visits and ensure that young people are able to access our world-class events. Learn more about this work here. We also run writing competitions for young people, such as Tall Tales, Short Stories.


We are proud to work with Give A Book, supporting prisons with donations of books to be distributed on the wings, especially while foreign language books are in very short supply. Click here to learn how you can support our campaign.

Write Across London: Workshops and Call for Poetry Submissions

In April 2020, the Museum of London put out an open call for submissions of both objects and first-hand experiences to reflect Londoners’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Collecting Covid project received a remarkable number of poems. The RSL is delighted to be working in partnership with the Museum of London to celebrate the power of poetry to bring people together, even in times of significant isolation. Submit a poem, in any form, writing by yourself or collaboratively, and see it published as part of an interactive poetry map of London. We brought together pairs of poet ambassadors to inspire you to write your own pieces – watch them discuss their experiences in the videos here. For full details and to submit, click here.

Literature Matters: Fellows and Friends Writing Workshops

While it is not possible for authors to visit schools, we have commissioned special write-along video workshops, which bring together RSL Fellows and their friends to explore writing for pleasure. Take 10 minutes out of your day to get creative, either on your own or with a friend. So far, we have collaborations between Neil Gaiman and Yetide Badaki, Nikesh Shukla and Josie Long, and Inua Ellams and Gemma Cairney. Watch all the videos here.