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Literature Wales Funding for Writers Scheme now open | 17-Jul-17

Literature Wales has announced that the next round of Writers' Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submission. 
 
This marks a re-launch of Literature Wales' established Writer Development schemes, with an increased focus on new and emerging writers, improved mentoring opportunities, as well as better links to industry professionals. Changes to the Bursaries and Mentoring schemes have been made following a series of consultations with writers and members of the public throughout 2016.

Literature Wales has taken on board the results of this consultation and some of the new developments include: 

  • Ring-fence 5 Bursaries Awards for new/emerging writers (unpublished)
  • Ring-fence 1 Bursary Award for a writer under 25
  • Introduce new 3-year gap rule between Bursary awards
  • A writer can receive no more than 3 Bursary awards in total (from 2018 onwards)
  • Each Bursary recipient to receive fixed sum of £3,000 per writer
  • Two networking events with industry professionals are included as part of Bursary awards
  • Increase mentoring places from 4 to 10
  • Mentoring scheme to start with week-long residential course
New and published writers, resident in Wales, may apply for a Writer's Bursary, or a Support Fund Bursary. Support Fund Bursaries are available for writers with mobility problems or disabilities in need of specialist equipment and assistance. Applicants for the Support Fund may apply for up to £2,000 for assistance to enable them to develop their work in progress.

Writers'  Bursaries 

  • Writers' Bursaries are awarded to support writers creating new work in the following genres: Prose, including novels, short stories, children’s literature, young adult fiction; poetry; graphic novels; creative non-fiction including literary criticism, biography/autobiography
  • Applicants should apply for a fixed-sum Writer's Bursary of £3,000. Applicants will need to demonstrate why that particular sum is required to complete the work in progress. Support Fund Bursaries available up to £2,000. Applicants must be resident in Wales throughout the year
The closing date for 2018 applications for Bursaries and Mentoring is 5.00 pm on Wednesday 16 August 2017

The guidelines and application forms for the 2018 Literature Wales Writers' Bursaries and 2018 Mentoring are available to download from the Literature Wales website




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