Aki Schilz

Aki Schilz is the Director of The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s longest-running consultancy for writers. She is a judge for various literary prizes including the Bridport First Novel Award and the Creative Future Writing Awards. Aki has featured in the Bookseller 150, a list of the most influential figures in UK publishing, twice: in 2020 and 2021.

She is the Founder of the #BookJobTransparency campaign and has been recognised by the Kim Scott Walwyn and h100 awards for her work to improve representation and accessibility in the literature sector.

In 2018, Aki set up the Rebecca Swift Foundation, a charity that advances the craft, creativity and wellbeing of women poets, and in 2020 she launched Being A Writer, TLC’s membership platform for writers that prioritises creativity and wellbeing. Through TLC Aki works with corporate publishers to run training sessions focussed on how to establish more ethical editorial frameworks. She is the current Vice Chair of English PEN.