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Miles Morland Foundation 2018 Morland Writing Scholarship for African Writers



Application Deadline: 30th September, 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the Miles Morland Foundation 2018 Morland Writing Scholarship for African Writers. Interested students should see the details below. The application deadline is 30th September, 2018.

Miles Morland Foundation 2018 Morland Writing Scholarship for African Writers

About Miles Morland Foundation

Miles Morland set up the foundation which bears his name in 2013, after a career investing in Africa via two companies he created, Blakeney Management and DPI (Development Partners International). Based in London, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) is a UK registered charity which makes grants in areas reflecting its founder’s interests.

The Foundation’s main aim is to support entities in Africa which allow Africans to get their voices better heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature.

Morland Writing Scholarship Details and FAQs

It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write while simultaneously earning a living. To help meet this need the MMF annually awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. 

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 what 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.

The Foundation will not review or comment on the monthly submissions as they come in. However, each Scholar will be offered the opportunity to be mentored by an established author or publisher. In most cases the mentorship will begin after the book has been finished and the Scholarship period has ended. At the discretion of the Foundation, the cost of the mentorship will be borne by the MMF. It is not the intention of the MMF to act as editor or a publisher. Scholars will need to find their own agents and publishers although the MMF is happy to offer advice.

The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2018 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers. The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

When is the application deadline?

30th September, 2018

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in an African country or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Candidate’s home country

What are the eligible works?

The Scholarships are meant for full length works of adult fiction or non-fiction. Poetry, plays, film scripts, children’s books, and short story collections do not qualify.

What is the category of this opportunity?

Contest

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

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 or their Scholarship term has ended. 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. 

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

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.

What is the duration of the scholarship?

The Scholars may elect to start at any time between January and June in the year following the Scholarship Award. Their payments and the 10,000 word monthly submission requirement will start at the same time. The Foundation may exercise its discretion to offer non-fiction writers a longer Scholarship period of up to 18 months.

How to Apply for the Morland Writing Scholarship

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words written in English that has been published and offered for sale,. This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research, or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

They should be sent by e-mail to  Please do not submit anything in hard copy or by terrestrial post.

Note that before submitting an application, candidates should please read two things:

  1. The FAQs which set out in detail the requirements for entering the Scholarship.

  2. The Checklist which tells the five things candidates must include with their entry or it will not be considered.

The candidates should submit a description of up to 1,000 words of the work they intend to write. The proposal must be for a full length book of no fewer than 80,000 words. The MMF does not accept proposals for collaborative writing or short story collections. The proposal should be for a completely new work, not a work in progress, and must be in English.

Please note that this is not a residential Scholarship. It is up to the Scholars what their living arrangements are during their Scholarship year.

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