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African Writers Stand a Chance to Win a Grant of £18,000! Enter for the Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship



Are you a writer born in Africa or of African descent? Then here’s a chance to earn some money for your craft. The Miles Morland Foundation is offering a chance for African writers to earn a grant of 18000 GBP – over the course of one year.

The Miles Morland Foundation has key interests in education and culture with a specific focus on African writing. The foundation has given support to the Cain Prize for African literature as well.

Writers will attest to the fact that it is quite challenging to write and FEED off the writing at the same time, so it is with pleasure that we announce call for entries for the 2014 Miles Morland Foundation for writing. Last year the three winners were: Doreen Baingana (Uganda), Tony Mochama (Kenya), and Percy Zvomuya (Zimbabwe).

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit a piece of published work, or an excerpt from a piece of published work (written in English), of between two and five thousand words to be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The Scholarships will be awarded based on these submissions although the Foundation may also wish to question certain candidates or ask for other work. 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.

How To Enter:
The candidates should submit a brief description of the work they intend to write (200 – 500 words). It should be a new work, not a work in progress. The proposed work must be in English as must all submissions. Please also tell us in fewer than 300 words something about yourself and your background. Anything in your background suggesting that you have the ability and discipline to write a full-length book will be useful. Proposed works can be on any subject though the judges will show preference to works which relate to Africa. Academic work, medical and scientific research, and works on religious subjects will not be considered for an award.

The closing date for submissions for the 2014 Writing Scholarships is October 31st 2014. The Scholarships will be announced in December 2014 and will run for the whole of calendar 2015.

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  1. Idenyi Maria Onne

    July 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    After going through the modalities for eligible candidates,i realized they probably need a published writer.Please I really dnt understand wat they mean by “candidate must submit a piece of published work or an excerpt from a published work”,the excerpt needed for the published work must it be the candidate’s published work? I’ll appreciate it if i get answers. thanks

  2. Ada

    July 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    What of unpublished works? We have a lot of Nigerians who are writers and their works haven’t been published yet.
    Oh well…good luck to those who make it.

  3. beatrice

    July 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Great opportunity. Go for it!

  4. Olanne

    July 15, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Yes, you have to be a published author which means your works has to be published. This is not a blog or website sorta “publication” i know, i sent them an email last year, unfortunately i was unpublished. If you have your book in print or ebooks, go ahead. Goodluck!

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