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 2020 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 2020 Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme recipients. In announcing the names of 25 writers who will be supported this year, Literature Wales has strengthened its commitment to supporting early career writers in Wales, investing at the right time to maximise artistic and professional development. The awards will also enable some of our best-known writers to experiment with new forms and develop significant, innovative new work. The awards will see a wealth of new writing from Wales, with some new voices from diverse and under-represented groups.

The Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Schemes are key activities under Literature Wales Writer Development Activity Pillar, where Wales’ writers are offered a number of opportunities to hone and diversify their skills, developing their creative and professional potential.

The range of issues addressed by the writers include current global and environmental concerns, while also engaging with a wide range of timeless themes, such as migration, journeys both physical and emotional, relationships, grief, death, all from a distinctly Welsh perspective. Global and domestic historical events which still resonate today such as the migration of the Windrush generation, colonialism and the 1984 miners’ strike, feature in some of the works in progress.

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, creative non-fiction and a Welsh-language graphic novel.

For further details about the 2020 Bursary recipients click here.


Writers’ Bursaries – general information

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.


When can I next apply for a Writer’s Bursary?

There is an annual deadline for applications for Writers’ Bursaries. The timetable for 2021 Bursaries will be announced after funding has been formally confirmed. We anticipate that this will be during 2020.

Application forms and updated guidelines will be available to download from Literature Wales’ website after funding has been confirmed. Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website and in the Literature Wales e-newsletter and on our social media channels in due course.


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

To see the list of Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries 2011-2020, 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.


LW Writers' Bursary Recipients 2011-2020
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Bursaries Panel Chair's Report 2020
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