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2017 Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers

Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017

Annually, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships to African writers. The Foundation desires to help selected Scholars produce the first draft of their completed book. It opens the scholarship to anyone born or whose parents were born in Africa. Also, Scholars must write in English. Do note that only published writers can 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. The Foundation provides the scholarships for the production of full-length adult fiction or non-fiction. Poetry, plays, film scripts, children’s books, and short story collections do not qualify.

Morland Writing Scholarships Qualification

To apply, submit a 2,000 – 5,000 Word document excerpt from a piece of work written in English that has been published and offered for sale. The Foundation won’t accept any entry that is not in a Word document. Also, include a 200 – 300 words bio about yourself and your background. And also add a 1,000 words description about the book you intend to write. In addition, include a scanned copy of any official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa. Don’t forget to add where you heard about the Morland Writing Scholarships.

The Foundation welcomes only fiction and non-fiction proposals. Please do not submit academic or scientific research, or works of special interest such as religious or political writings to the 2016 Morland Writing Scholarships. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

During the scholarship, scholars are bound to submit by e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they complete their book or the scholarship. If the first draft of the book is completed before the year is up, payments will continue while the scholar edits and refines their work.

Scholar will receive an opportunity to be mentored by an established author or publisher, often after the Scholarship. MMF will not act as an editor or a publisher. Therefore, Scholars will need to find their own agents and publishers.

A panel of readers and judges will evaluate the submitted applications. They will judge the works purely on literary merit.


All enquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to MMF@milesmorlandfoundation.com. For further information about the Miles Morland Foundation, call Mathilda Edwards, the Foundation Secretary, on +44 20 7349 5030.

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