Literature Wales can offer support to both new and established writers through its Writers’ Bursaries scheme.

Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries are awarded annually, and can be awarded to writers at all stages of their careers. Published writers and new and emerging writers are eligible to apply for a Writer’s Bursary.

The refocused 2018 Writers’ Bursaries Awards, which are funded by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales, enable writers to concentrate on developing a specific work in progress across a twelve month period. The amounts are fixed sum awards at £3,000.


In January 2018, Literature Wales announced its investment in new writing with a record number of first-time applicants among its female-led list of 2018 Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme recipients.

In announcing the names of 25 writers who will be supported this year, Literature Wales stated that “these are unique and distinctive voices with powerful stories to tell”. The awards offer support by enabling writers to focus on developing a specific work in progress across a twelve-month period, and genres include novels, short stories, children’s literature, poetry, and a Welsh-language graphic novel.

For further details about the 2018 Bursary recipients click here.

To see the list of Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries recipients 2011-2018 please scroll to the Resources section at the foot of the page.


Applicants may apply for a New Writer’s Bursary, a Writer’s Bursary; or a Support Fund Bursary, if eligible. Support Fund Bursaries are available for writers with mobility problems or disabilities in need of specialist equipment and assistance. Applicants for the Support Fund Bursary may apply for up to £2,000 for assistance to develop their work in progress.

Eligible Genres:
Writers’ Bursaries and Support Fund Bursaries are awarded to support writers creating new work in the following genres: Prose, including novels and short stories; graphic novels, poetry, children’s literature, young adult fiction, and creative non-fiction. Creative non-fiction includes literary criticism and biography/autobiography.

Applicants must be resident in Wales.

Applications for Writers’ Bursaries are assessed by the Literature Wales Bursaries Panel.

There is an annual closing date for applications.

What happens next?

Details for future applications for Writers’ Bursaries will be announced after funding has been confirmed. We anticipate that this will be during 2018. Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website and in the Literature Wales e-newsletter in due course.

The dates in this timetable may be subject to change.

For further information on the members of the Bursaries Panel click here.

If you have any queries regarding Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries, please contact Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266 /

Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and the Mentoring Scheme are supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales.


Literature Wales Writers' Bursaries recipients 2011-2018

Literature Wales Writers' Bursaries recipients 2011-2018
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Enillwyr Ysgoloriaethau i Awduron Llenyddiaeth Cymru 2011-2018
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