The Miles Morland Foundation is glad to announce the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers. The Morland Writing Scholarships are open to anyone of African descent writing in the English language.
The Miles Morland Foundation will see to it that writers writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the Foundation, Writers writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period of up to eighteen months.
About The Scholarship : It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write while simultaneously earning a living. To help meet this need the MMF annually awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the aim 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 asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serialisations 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 honour rather than a legally binding obligation.
The Foundation will not review or comment on the monthly submissions as they come in. However, each Scholar will be offered the opportunity to be mentored by an established author or publisher. In most cases the mentorship will begin after the book has been finished and the Scholarship period has ended. At the discretion of the Foundation, the cost of the mentorship will be borne by the MMF. It is not the intention of the MMF to act as editor or a publisher. Scholars will need to find their own agents and publishers although the MMF is happy to offer advice.
How To Apply For The Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarships 2019 For African writers
Writers who wants to participate 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.
Candidates should also tell MMF in 200 – 300 words something about themselves and background. Scholars who reach the shortlist will be asked for further information about themselves and how they propose to write their book.
To be shortlisted for the Scholarship candidates 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.