Get a Grant of £18,000 for Africans in the Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship 2021

Are you an African born writer born to parents of African origin?

Then apply for the Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship 2021 and get a grant of £18,000 for your work.

Application Deadline: September 18 2021

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Benefits

Grant:

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, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant, paid over a period of up to eighteen months.​

Eligibility

  • The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa, or both of whose parents were born in Africa.​

Qualifications

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.

 

Scholar’s Undertaking:

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 asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from the book 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 support other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honor rather than a legally binding obligation.

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Application Instructions

Scholarship Requirement:

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 email 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.

Have you enclosed all five things on the checklist below? If not, do not send a submission. 

  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. Please send proof of publication.
  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.

All enquiries relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to scholarships@johnp105.sg-host.com. In order to apply, please click on the blue box that appears on any page of the website, entitled: ‘Morland Writing Scholarship Application’.

About the Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship 2021

The Miles Morland Foundation’s main aim is to support entities in Africa which enable Africans to

get their voices heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African

literature.

Discover more opportunities from Miles Morland Foundation.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The purpose of the Scholarships is to promote literature and good writing. Submissions, including non-fiction submissions, will be judged solely on literary merit. Before you submit an entry ask yourself, or ask an objective friend, “does my entry show literary merit?” If the answer is “no” please do not make a submission.

Applications  will be received between 1st July 2021 and 18th September 2021. Applications submitted outside that period will not be looked at.

  • 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.

Past Winners

2020: 

  • Sarah Uheida
  • Okwiri Oduor
  • Kobina Ankomah Graham
  • Howard Meh-Huh
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