Literature Wales can offer support to both new and established writers through its Writers’ Bursaries scheme.
Applications for the 2020 Literature Wales Bursaries have now closed.

Writers’ Bursaries are awarded annually and can be awarded to writers at all stages of their careers. Published writers and early career 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. Certain awards are ring-fenced to specifically develop new and emerging writers, offering opportunities for early career writers to develop their creative and professional potential. Early career writers can be of any age. The amounts are fixed sum awards at £3,000.

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.

Closing date

There is an annual deadline for submitting applications. The closing date for submitting applications for 2020 Bursaries has now passed (5.00 pm on Tuesday 10 September 2019.) Late applications will not be accepted. 

What happens next? 


Applications for Writers’ Bursaries, Support Fund Bursaries and the Mentoring Scheme are assessed by the Literature Wales Bursaries Panel. For further information on the members of the Bursaries Panel click here.

Assessment timetable 2020 Bursaries:
  • All 2020 applications will be acknowledged by email and letter.
  • All 2020 applications will be processed by the end of September. We will contact applicants by letter or email if your application is incomplete.

The Bursaries Panel will assess the Bursary applications during the three-month period following the closing date (September 2019 to November 2019). The Bursaries Panel will meet at the end of the assessment period (in November 2019). Within six weeks of the Bursaries Panel’s decision meeting, every applicant will be individually informed of the Bursaries Panel’s decision by letter. It is anticipated that applicants will be informed by mid-December 2019. The names of successful bursary recipients will be announced within seven weeks of the Panel’s decision meeting (in mid-January 2020).
The dates in this timetable may be subject to change.


When can I next apply for a Bursary?

Details for future applications for Writers’ Bursaries will be announced after funding has been confirmed. We anticipate that this will be during 2020. Further details will be announced on the Literature Wales website,  in the Literature Wales e-newsletter and on our social media channels in due course.

For further details about the 2019 Bursary recipients 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.


Guidelines and Application Forms 2020 Bursaries

Enillwyr Ysgoloriaethau Llenyddiaeth Cymru 2011-2019
Language: WelshFile Type: PDFSize: 295KB
Literature Wales Writers' Bursary Recipients 2011-2019
Language: EnglishFile Type: PDFSize: 304KB
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