MMF Writing Scholarships Accepting Applications from African Writers

Miles Morland, Founder and Director, MMF
Miles Morland, Founder and Director, MMF

The Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) is now accepting entries from African non-fiction and fiction writers for its annual Morland Writing Scholarships.

The scholarships are open to anyone who writes in English language, who was born in Africa or whose parents were born in Africa.

Fiction scholars will receive GB£18,000 (US$22,646), paid over a period of up to 12 months while nonfiction scholars, who require additional research time, could receive same amount plus an additional grant, paid over a period of up to 18 months.​

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 and submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

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

Applications close on September 30, 2019.

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