Acacias in the late afternoon light, Serengeti, Africa
The Morland Writing Scholarships will be open to anyone who has been born in Africa or both of
whose parents were born in Africa.
The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year.
In return for this the Scholars will agree that 20% of whatever they
subsequently receive from what they write during the year of the
Scholarship will be paid to the MMF which may be used to support other
promising writers and possibly to expand the Scholarship scheme in
To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit a piece of
published work, or an excerpt from a piece of published work, of
between two and seven thousand words to be evaluated by a panel set up
by the MMF which will include MMF trustees and past participants in the
Caine Prize. The Scholarships will be awarded based on these
submissions although the Foundation may also wish to question certain
candidates or ask for other work.
The candidates will be expected to submit a brief description of the
work they intend to write (ideally 200 – 500 words). It should be a new
work, not a work in progress. The proposed work must be in English as
must all candidacy submissions. Please also tell us in fewer than 100
words something about yourself and your background.
The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their
Scholarship is that they must write. They will be asked to submit by
e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished
their book. The Scholarship will terminate if a Scholar fails to submit
the required work on time unless prior authorisation has been
received. The Foundation is happy to support fiction or non-fiction but
not poetry, plays or screen-plays. The Scholarship is intended for
writers who want to write a full-length book of 80,000 words or more.
The closing date for submissions for the first series of Writing
Scholarships will be October 31st 2013. The Scholarships will be
announced in December 2013 and will run for the whole of calendar 2014.
All enquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to MMF@blakman.com.
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