A £18,000 Grant Paid Monthly by Miles Morland Foundation to African Writers
Posted On July 11, 2017
Is there any formula for becoming a reputable and widely-read African Writer? How can one become a distinguished writer? While receiving an answer in no time is less thought-provoking and more a process where writers should dedicate their time to craft, Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) is challenging gifted African writers to…WRITE.
MMF has been named after its founder Miles Morland in 2013 after a career investing in Africa. The UK charity is based in London and makes grants in areas reflecting the interests of its founder. The main purpose of MMF is to offer support to entities in Africa allowing Africans to make themselves heard. The foundation offers support, in particular to African writing and African Literature.
MMF acknowledges that becoming a reputable writer takes time and writing while simultaneously earning a living is tough. It is this aspect which mirrors the purpose of Morland Writing Scholarships, a small number of scholarships which allow each Scholar the time to create the first draft of a completed book. The Morland Writing Scholarships are available to any persons who were born in Africa or whose parents were born in Africa.
In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicant should submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2.000 – 5.000 words written in English which has been published and offered for sale. The excerpt will be evaluated by a panel of judges and readers set up by the foundation. The excerpt will be judged based on literary merit. Submissions or proposals with an emphasis on religion or politics will not be considered, as well as scientific research papers. Along with the excerpt should be submitted also:
1. A short description of between 400-1000 words regarding the new book the applicant intends to write.
2. A copy of an official document stating that the applicant or both of his parents were born in Africa.
3. A short bio of between 200-300 words.
4. The name of the source where the applicant read about Morland Writing Scholarships.
The inquiries and submissions will be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scholarships are awarded to full length works of adult fiction or non-fiction. Poetry, plays, film scripts, children’s books, and short story collections will not be considered eligible.
The lucky scholar writing fiction winners will receive a grant of £ 18.000 paid monthly over the course of 12 months. Scholars writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £ 27.000 paid monthly over the course of 18 months.
The closing date
The applications will be received between June 30th 2017 and October 31st 2017.
For more info, the readers are advised to consult the official website: https://www.milesmorlandfoundation.com/morland-writing-scholarships-1