Funding for Writers: The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme are now open

Deadline for applications: 5.00 pm on Tuesday 10 September 2019

We are pleased to announce that the next round of applications for Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submission. In addition to our usual offer, we are delighted to announce a new collaboration between Literature Wales, National Centre for Writing, and Wales Literature Exchange, for the 2020 Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme.

In this pilot year, this collaboration will offer new opportunities for early career translators working on literary translation, and will facilitate an exchange between individuals from the Literature Wales Mentoring Course, and the Mentoring Translation Course at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich. We look forward to working with our partners on this opportunity, and drawing on the expertise of Wales Literature Exchange and National Centre for Writing.

Mentoring Scheme

Closing Date: 5.00 pm Tuesday 10 September 2019.

Places on the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme are awarded to new and emerging writers at the start of their literary career. Early career writers can be of any age. The Scheme offers support and practical advice to writers to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard. The 2020 Mentoring scheme will begin with a tailored residential week-long course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in March 2020, followed by individual one-to-one sessions with an experienced mentor during the following months.

In a new development for the 2020 Mentoring Scheme, Literature Wales will ring-fence one of the 4 Mentoring Awards for literary translation. An early career translator, working on literary translation from English to Welsh, or from Welsh to English, will be offered a place on the Literature Wales Mentoring Course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in March 2020, and a place on the Translation Mentoring Course at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich in January 2020.

Writers’ Bursaries

Closing Date: 5.00 pm Tuesday 10 September 2019.

The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries support writers to develop specific work in progress over a period of 12 months, providing them with the time and resources to investigate, write, review and reflect. Writers at all stages of their careers can apply for a bursary, which are awarded first and foremost according to excellence. Certain awards are ring-fenced to specifically develop new and emerging writers, offering opportunities for early career writers to develop their creative and professional potential. Early career writers can be of any age.

Writers’ Bursaries are awarded to support writers creating new work in the following genres: novels, short stories, children’s literature, young adult fiction; poetry; graphic novels; creative non-fiction including literary criticism, biography/autobiography.

The 2020 Literature Wales Bursaries are now open for applications from new and published writers resident in Wales. Applicants may apply for the following:

Writer’s Bursary: A fixed sum of £3,000.
5 Bursary Awards will be ring-fenced for new and emerging writers who have not yet published a volume of their own work. In addition, 1 Bursary Award will be ring-fenced for a writer under 25 years old.

Support Fund Bursary: A sum of up to £1,000 for writers with mobility problems or disabilities in need of specialist equipment and assistance to enable them to develop their work in progress.

The Panel

An independent Panel is responsible for selecting the successful applicants for Writers’ Bursaries and the Mentoring Scheme. We are delighted to announce three new appointments to the Literature Wales Bursaries Panel: Professor Matthew Jarvis, Dr Tomos Owen and Elinor Wyn Reynolds will join current Panel members Catherine Phelps and Panel Chair Sioned Williams.

In May 2019, Literature Wales launched its Strategic Plan for 2019-2022, with a commitment to supporting early career writers. To this end, the Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme will again focus on new and emerging writers and talent development, improved mentoring opportunities, as well as better links to industry professionals.

Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries are funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales. 

The closing date for applications for 2020 Bursaries and 2020 Mentoring is 5.00 pm on Tuesday 10 September 2019.

The guidelines and application forms for the 2020 Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and 2020 Mentoring are available to download from the Literature Wales website. 

For further information contact Literature Wales on: post@literaturewales.org / 029 2047 2266

 

Closing date: 10/09/2019