Acacias in the late afternoon light, Serengeti, Africa
The Morland Writing Scholarships will be open to anyone who has been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.
The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year. Non-fiction writers will receiver 27,000 over a period of eighteen months.
In return for this the Scholars will agree that 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the year of the Scholarship will be paid to the MMF which may be used to support other promising writers and possibly to expand the Scholarship scheme in later years.
To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit a piece of published work, or an excerpt from a piece of published work, of between two and seven thousand words to be evaluated by a panel set up by the MMF which will include MMF trustees and past participants in the Caine Prize. The Scholarships will be awarded based on these submissions although the Foundation may also wish to question certain candidates or ask for other work.
The candidates will be expected to submit a brief description of the work they intend to write (ideally 200 – 500 words). It should be a new work, not a work in progress. The proposed work must be in English as must all candidacy submissions. Please also tell us in fewer than 100 words something about yourself and your background.
The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write. They will be asked to submit by e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book. The Scholarship will terminate if a Scholar fails to submit the required work on time unless prior authorisation has been received. The Foundation is happy to support fiction or non-fiction but not poetry, plays or screen-plays. The Scholarship is intended for writers who want to write a full-length book of 80,000 words or more.
The opening date will be around June, 2016. The closing date for submissions for the first series of Writing Scholarships will be around October 2016. The Scholarships will be announced in December 2016 and will run for the whole of calendar 2017.
All enquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to MMF@blakman.com.
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