Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarships 2022 for Africans

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently inviting submissions from African authors for the writing scholarships it will award in 2022. The scholarships provide authors of fiction and non-fiction in the English language with the financial freedom to finish writing a book in that language. The Morland Writing Scholarship will accept entries through the 18th of September in 2022.

Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) Writing Scholarship

The primary objective of the Miles Morland Foundation is to provide financial support to organisations in Africa that make it possible for Africans to have their voices heard. It has a strong interest in promoting African writing as well as African literature.

Before a writer becomes well-known in their field, it may be challenging for them to write while also making enough money to support themselves. The Morland Memorial Foundation (MMF) recognises that there is a need for more writers, and therefore it gives out a limited number of Morland Writing Scholarships each year. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide recipients with the means to write the first draft of a finished book.

Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) Writing Scholarship Eligibility

  • 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
  • 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.

Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) Writing Scholarship Requirements

  • 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 email 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.
  • 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 the book 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.

Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) Writing Scholarship Grant

  • 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, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant, paid over a period of up to eighteen months.

How to Apply for Morland Writing Scholarships

Have you enclosed all five things on the checklist below? If not, do not send a submission.

  • A submission of between 2,000 to 5,000 words as a Word document of work that has been published and offered for sale. Please send proof of publication.
  • A description of between 400 – 1,000 words about the new book you intend to write. 
  • A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.
  • A brief bio of between 200 – 300 words.
  • Tell them how you heard about the Morland Writing Scholarships.

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