Miles Morland Foundation Scholarships For African Writers 2017

Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2017 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers is open for entries. The MMF writing scholarships aims to give three fiction writers and one non-fiction writer the financial freedom to complete an English-language book.



Awards/Grants

Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period  of up to eighteen months

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 or their Scholarship term has ended. If the first draft of the book is completed before the year is up, payments will continue while the Scholar edits and refines their work.



Eligibility Requirement

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

To qualify 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. 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.

  • Proposed Work: The candidates should submit a description of between 400 – 1,000 words of the work they intend to write. The proposal must be for a full length book of no fewer than 80,000 words. The MMF does not accept proposals for collaborative writing or short story collections. The proposal should be for a completely new work, not a work in progress, and must be in English.
  • Biography: Please also tell us in 200 – 300 words something about yourself and your background. People who reach the short-list will be asked for further information about themselves and how they propose to write their book.
  • Fiction or Non-Fiction: The Foundation welcomes both fiction and non-fiction proposals. We are aware that non-fiction Scholars may need extra time for research, so the Foundation may exercise its discretion to offer non-fiction writers a longer Scholarship period of up to 18 months.
  • Starting times: 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 start at the same time.
  • Accepted works: The Scholarships are meant for full length works of adult fiction or non-fiction. Poetry, plays, film scripts, children’s books, and short story collections do not qualify.





Application Process

All inquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to scholarships@milesmorlandfoundation.com

  1. A submission of between 2,000 to 5,000 words as a Word document of work that has been published and offered for sale.
  2. A description of between 400 – 1,000 words about the new book you intend to write.
  3. A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.
  4. A brief bio of between 200 – 300 words.
  5. Please tell us how you heard about the Morland Writing Scholarships.

Find out more information here- Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarships