Funding for Writers: The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme are now open
In addition to our usual offer, we are delighted to announce a new collaboration between Literature Wales, National Centre for Writing, and Wales Literature Exchange, for the 2020 Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme.
In this pilot year, this collaboration will offer new opportunities for early career translators working on literary translation, and will facilitate an exchange between individuals from the Literature Wales Mentoring Course, and the Mentoring Translation Course at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich. We look forward to working with our partners on this opportunity, and drawing on the expertise of Wales Literature Exchange and National Centre for Writing.
Closing Date: 5.00 pm Tuesday 10 September 2019.
Places on the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme are awarded to new and emerging writers at the start of their literary career. Early career writers can be of any age. The Scheme offers support and practical advice to writers to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard. The 2020 Mentoring scheme will begin with a tailored residential week-long course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in March 2020, followed by individual one-to-one sessions with an experienced mentor during the following months.
Lucy Corbett who was awarded a 2019 New Writer’s Bursary, which includes a place on the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme commented: “The mentoring sessions at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre were very interesting and helped me to fix problems within my work. They gave inspiration and helped me to stay motivated to focus on my work, and also gave practical insights into the publishing process.”
In a new development for the 2020 Mentoring Scheme, Literature Wales will ring-fence one of the 4 Mentoring Awards for literary translation. An early career translator, working on literary translation from English to Welsh, or from Welsh to English, will be offered a place on the Literature Wales Mentoring Course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in March 2020, and a place on the Translation Mentoring Course at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich in January 2020.
Closing Date: 5.00 pm Tuesday 10 September 2019.
The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries support writers to develop specific work in progress over a period of 12 months, providing them with the time and resources to investigate, write, review and reflect. Writers at all stages of their careers can apply for a bursary, which are awarded first and foremost according to excellence. 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.
Janine Barnett-Phillips, a 2019 Writer’s Bursary recipient said: “Being chosen for the Writer’s Bursary was the boost I needed. It has changed my life. Being given time to write has enabled me to take myself seriously as a writer.”
Writers’ Bursaries are awarded to support writers creating new work in the following genres: novels, short stories, children’s literature, young adult fiction; poetry; graphic novels; creative non-fiction including literary criticism, biography/autobiography.
Nasia Sarwar-Skuse, who was awarded a 2019 New Writer’s Bursary commented: “The New Writer’s Bursary has afforded me time away from paid work and costs towards childcare. More importantly, the support received from Literature Wales has given me a sense of validation, resulting in my having the confidence to put my writing out into the world.”
The 2020 Literature Wales Bursaries are now open for applications from new and published writers resident in Wales. Applicants may apply for the following:
- Writer’s Bursary: A fixed sum of £3,000.
5 Bursary Awards will be ring-fenced for new and emerging writers who have not yet published a volume of their own work. In addition, 1 Bursary Award will be ring-fenced for a writer under 25 years old.
- Support Fund Bursary: A sum of up to £1,000 for writers with mobility problems or disabilities in need of specialist equipment and assistance to enable them to develop their work in progress.
Since 2011, Literature Wales has awarded £673,000 in Writers’ Bursaries, with a total of 204 awards.
An independent Panel is responsible for selecting the successful applicants for Writers’ Bursaries and the Mentoring Scheme. We are delighted to announce three new appointments to the Literature Wales Bursaries Panel: Professor Matthew Jarvis, Dr Tomos Owen and Elinor Wyn Reynolds will join current Panel members Catherine Phelps and Panel Chair Sioned Williams. Read more about the Panel members here.
In May 2019, Literature Wales launched its Strategic Plan for 2019-2022, with a commitment to supporting early career writers. To this end, the Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme will again focus on new and emerging writers and talent development, improved mentoring opportunities, as well as better links to industry professionals.
Literature Wales Chief Executive, Lleucu Siencyn, said: “We are pleased that the Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme will continue to be generously supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales. We are delighted to announce a new collaboration between Literature Wales, National Centre for Writing, and Wales Literature Exchange. This will offer a great opportunity for an early career translator to participate in the 2020 Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme. We look forward to celebrating Wales’ literary culture with a wealth of new writing.”
Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries are funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales.
The closing date for applications for 2020 Bursaries and Mentoring is 5.00 pm on Tuesday 10 September 2019.
For further information, please contact Literature Wales.