Apply for the 2017 Morland Scholarship for African Writers


This is your chance to win a Scholarship of £18,000 (US $24,000) if you are a fiction writer or up to £27,000 (US$36,000) for non-fiction writers.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Morland Writing Scholarship.

To qualify for this scholarship you must either be born in Africa or have parents who were born in Africa.

However, if you were not born in Africa and only one of your parents was born in Africa, you still have a chance to qualify. All you need to do is to prove that you are a full-time African resident defined as having spent at least nine of the past twelve months in Africa.

Before you get too excited, please note that this scholarship is solely for writers who want to write a full-length book of 80,000 words or more.

If that is you, then here are the guidelines to apply for the scholarship. – 

Send via :,

  • 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 400 and 1000 words of the book project you would complete if your application is successful. This must be a new work, and not a work in progress.
  • A  brief biography of between 200 and 300 words
  • A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.

Please note, for the purpose of this scholarship published is defined as writing that has appeared in a printed book, journal or magazine that has been offered for sale.

Applications close on 31 October 2016 so send in your entry as soon as possible. 

For more information about this scholarship, please visit the Miles Morland Foundation website.

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