The 2023 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship for African Writers
The Miles Morland Foundation is launching a new writing scholarship for African writers in 2023. The scholarship was designed to offer financial support to emerging African writers. The scholarship will support the applicant’s writing education
It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write while also earning a living. In order to assist in meeting this need the MMF annually grants a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the purpose being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book.
At the end of each month, scholars must send the Foundation 10,000 new words that they will have written over the course of the month. Scholars are also requested to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently obtain from what they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serializations, or other ancillary revenues arising from the book written during the Scholarship period. These funds will be used to assist other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honor rather than a legally binding obligation.
MERITS OF SCHOLARSHIPS
- Scholars writing fiction will acquire a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months.
- At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction may acquire a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period of up to 18 months.
ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS FOR THE 2023 MILES MORLAND FOUNDATION WRITING SCHOLARSHIP
The criteria stated below have to be met before being qualified for the scholarship
- A candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale, you must send clear evidence that the piece you upload as part of your application has been both published AND offered for sale.
- This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF.
- The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit.
- It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research or works of special interest such as religious or political writings.
- Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.
The Scholars may elect to start at any time between January and June in the year following the Scholarship Award. Their payments and the 10,000-word monthly submission requirement will begin at the same time. The Foundation may exercise its discretion to offer non-fiction writers a longer Scholarship period of up to 18 months.
DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION
- A submission of between 2,000 to 5,000 words as a Word document of work that has been published and offered for sale. (Please send proof of publication)
- Proof of publication and proof of sale.
- A description of between 400 – 1,000 words about the new book you intend to write.
- A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.
- A brief bio of between 200 – 300 words.
- Please tell us how you heard about the Morland Writing Scholarships
PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION
To be eligible for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words written in English that has already been published and offered for sale. This will be assessed by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. The Scholarships do not aim to support academic or scientific research or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.
All applications should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com. Please do not submit anything in hard copy or by terrestrial post.
Application Deadline: September 18, 2023