Apply for the 2018 Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers

26 Jun 2018
Miles Morland Foundation

Deadline: Entries open on 30 June 2018; close on 30 September 2018

African writers with a history of publication are invited to apply for a 2018 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. Writers either born in Africa, with both parents born in Africa, or with one parent born in Africa and who is currently resident in Africa are eligible to apply.

Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period  of up to eighteen months to allow them an additional six months for research.

At the end of each month scholars must send the Foundation 10,000 new words that they will have written over the course of the month. Scholars are also asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from the book they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serialisations or other ancillary revenues arising from the book written during the Scholarship period. These funds will be used to support other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honour rather than a legally binding obligation.

Previous winners of an MMF Writing Scholarship include PEN SA members Simone Haysom and Lidudumalingani. Full entry requirements and submission information may be found on the MMF website.

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