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 writing in the following genres: Prose, (including novels and short stories); graphic novels, poetry, children’s literature, young adult fiction, and creative non-fiction (including literary criticism and biography/autobiography). The bursaries 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, and there is an annual deadline for applications.

PLEASE NOTE: Literature Wales’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme are not currently open for applications. Further information is available here.

2020 Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme

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, including new voices from diverse and under-represented groups.

Discover more here.

For further details about the 2020 Bursary recipients 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:
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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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