Applications are now open, the Morland Scholarship for Writers for 2015. Three scholarships of £18,000 (US $30,000) each will be awarded to writers who were born in Africa or whose parents were born in Africa. The 2014 scholarship attracted over 350 applications.
Who Can Apply
The Morland Scholarship for Writers is open to anyone who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa. If a writer was not born in Africa and only one of their parents was born in Africa, they are still eligible to apply provided they can prove they are a full-time African residents, defined as having spent at least nine of the past twelve months in Africa.
In order to complete the application process, applicants must include in their application a published piece of writing. For the purposes of this scholarship published is defined as writing that has appeared in a printed book, journal or magazine that has been offered for sale.
Both fiction and non-fiction writers can apply, though the organisers express some concern about the ability of non-fiction writers to meet the monthly word limit requirement outlined above. Writers wishing to undertake projects in the fields of poetry, playwriting, academic writing and scientific research are not eligible for this scholarship.
How to Apply
To apply for the Morland Scholarship 2015 writers must provide via email:
A sample piece of published prose between 2000 and 5000 words. This can be an individual piece or an extract from a longer work.
A description between 200 and 500 words of the project they would complete if successful in their application. This must be a new work, not a work in progress.
A brief biography up to 300 words. The organisers advise to include in this 'anything in your background suggesting that you have the ability and discipline to write a full-length book.'
Applications close on 31 October 2014. The successful writers will be announced in December and commence their scholarship in 2015. For full entry details visit the Miles Morland Foundation website.
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