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 2019 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.

Literature Wales has announced its investment in new writing and literary talent with its list of 2019 Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme recipients.

In announcing the names of 26 writers who will be supported this year, Literature Wales has strengthened its commitment to supporting early career writers in Wales while also enabling some of our best-known writers to experiment with new forms. In the current climate of political turmoil, new writing from Wales addresses global concerns, such as #MeToo, climate change, nuclear threat, mass migration and Brexit, whilst also engaging with timeless themes such as identity, equality, relationships, coming of age, death and grief. 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, young adult fiction, children’s literature, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

For further details about the 2019 Bursary recipients click here.

Applicants may apply for 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 £1,000 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.

There is an annual deadline for applications for Writers’ Bursaries.
Applications open for 2020 Writers’ Bursaries: Wednesday 24 July 2019
Closing date for applications for 2020 Writers’ Bursaries: 5.00 pm Tuesday 10 September 2019

Application forms and updated guidelines for 2020 Writers’ Bursaries will be available to download from Literature Wales’ website from Wednesday 24 July 2019. Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website and in the Literature Wales e-newsletter and on social media in due course.

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

To see the list of Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries 2011-2019, please scroll to the Resources section at the foot of the page.

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.


Previous Bursary recipients 2011-19

Enillwyr Ysgoloriaethau Llenyddiaeth Cymru 2011-2019
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Literature Wales Writers' Bursary Recipients 2011-2019
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