2020 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship

Name: Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship
Category: Prose (fiction and non-fiction)
Word count: proposal of a full-length book
Entry fee: Free
Prize: £18,000 in grant
Closing date: 18 September 2020

The Miles Morland Foundation is accepting entries for the 2020 writing scholarship. The Foundation understands how challenging it can be for writers to get things going financially while trying to write and become established. The Scholarship is open to anyone born in Africa or whose both parents were born in Africa. The writer must be writing in the English language.

This is a scholarship to help writers receive monthly payment while they focus on creating a full-length book. The total grant of £18,000 will be paid to the writer through the duration of twelve months. In the case where the writer needs more time to do more research in the course of creating the book, the foundation may extend the period of payment of the grant to eighteen months. The writer must submit at least 10,000 new words each month to the Foundation.

When the final work is published, the writer will in return donate 20% of whatever amount is made from the book to the Foundation. This is to help other promising writers. The 20% donation will include revenues from the sales of the book, film rights, serialisations or other ancillary revenues that come from the book written during the period of their scholarship.

Submission guidelines:

  • Only writers born in Africa or whose both parents are from Africa can apply
  • The writers must be writing in the English language
  • Writer must be willing to writer every month. The writer must submit at least 10,000 new words each month to the Foundation
  • Candidates applying for the scholarship are to submit an excerpt of 2000 – 5000 words from a previous work, published and offered for sale.
  •  Additionally, the candidates should send a description of between 400 – 1000 words of the work they intend to write. During the course of the scholarship, the winner will develop the intended work into a full-length book no fewer than 80,000 words.
  • Candidates are to also include 200-300 words about themselves and their background.
  • Candidates are to attach a scan of an official document that shows that they or their parents were born in Africa.
  • A shortlist will be released in October. Shortlisted candidates will be required to send 3000-4000 word “chapter” of the book they intend to write so the judges can evaluate their works. This is to be submitted within 15 days of being shortlisted.
  • Do not resubmit a work that was rejected in previous scholarship contests. If it was rejected then, it will be rejected now as well.

To submit your documents, visit the Miles Morland Foundation website – https://milesmorlandfoundation.com. Upload the five requested documents to FileInvite site, where they will be processed. Click on the blue box that reads ‘Morland Writing Scholarship Application’ on any page of the website. You will be asked to fill in your name and email address and ‘send’. You will then automatically receive an email to your inbox instructing you on how to upload the documents that make up your application.

Bear in mind, this Scholarship is to enable writers create a completely new work. Submit your proposed work (fiction or non-fiction) and get a chance to receive a monthly grant for a year. Good luck and happy writing.

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