Bursaries, fellowships and grants for writers

Bursaries, fellowships, travel grants and other opportunities for writers

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Commonwealth Writers

Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It  inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. It builds communities of less-heard voices and links them to groups which seek to bring about social change. Commonwealth Writers runs projects throughout the Commonwealth. Their website provides a number of useful opportunities and resources.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize identifies talented writers who will go on to inspire their local communities.  The Prize unearths and promotes the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.

The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland’s International programme has been designed to develop the skills and expertise of the sector, building knowledge, capacity and networks for the future. We welcome applications from those who are new to international working as well as those with a more established approach. Companies and individuals in receipt of funding are expected to share the outcomes of their work with others.

www.creativescotland.com 

Czech Ministry of Culture

Subsidies are available for foreign publishers for up to 100% of translator’s fees, support for authors’ travel abroad and support for national stands at book fairs. Support for Czech literature abroad involves sponsoring the annual seminar for scholars and translators interested in Czech literature, organised by the Writers’ Association, to which about 30 persons from abroad are invited every year.

The Ministry of Culture has a website with information in English. Application forms can be downloaded from the Ministry’s website. A list of subsidised books (but not of the amounts granted) is also available on the website.

Detailed information is provided by the Czech Literary Centre here: https://www.czechlit.cz/en/grant/translation/

Etxepare Basque Institute (Basque Government)

The Etxepare Basque Institute’s mission is to promote Basque language and culture around the world, including the promotion and support of translations of Basque literature into other languages and collaborations with organisations dedicated to the diffusion of Basque culture.

The EBI issues grants for the promotion of Basque literature, translation of works and travel for writers.

www.etxepareinstitutua.net

European Union Prize for Literature

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), established in 2009, awards annually 11-13 emerging prose writers from different European countries. The prize winning authors are selected by national juries and winners’ names are announced in spring, with an award ceremony held in Brussels in autumn. Some of the writers were translated into numerous languages after receiving the award.

www.euprizeliterature.eu

Jan Michalski Foundation

The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is attributed each year by the Jan Michalski Foundation (based in Switzerland) to a work of world literature. An original feature of the prize is its multicultural nature. It is open to authors from the world over and is intended to contribute to their international recognition. The prize will be awarded for works of fiction or non fiction, irrespective of the language in which they are written. The winner will receive an amount of CHF 50,000, offering the possibility of greater dedication to his or her art. The authors of short-listed works will be invited for a three-month period of residence at the Maison de l’Ecriture.

The Foundation also promotes and supports literary projects, particularly through the granting of financial support. Find out more at: http://www.fondation-janmichalski.com/en/bourses/.

www.fondation-janmichalski.com/en/prix-jan-michalski/

Miles Morland Foundation

The Miles Morland Foundation is a charity which supports culture and education in Africa, particularly the continent’s literature.

In recognition of the financial challenges many emerging African writers encounter, the MMF offers Miles Morland Writing Scholarships to writers from Africa. Published writers who were either born in Africa or whose parents were both born in Africa are eligible.

Polish Cultural Institute in the UK

The Polish Cultural Institute is a diplomatic mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Based in London, the Institute is dedicated to nurturing and promoting cultural ties between the United Kingdom and Poland, both through British exposure to Poland ‘s cultural achievements, and through exposure of Polish artists and scholars to British trends, institutions, and professional counterparts.

The function of the Polish Cultural Institute is to showcase contemporary Polish culture for Britain ‘s multicultural audience. Their programme covers the visual arts, film, theatre, music and literature.

The Institute runs and promotes literary events and also co-operates on the Found in Translation prize for literary translation of a book from Polish to English.

Swedish Arts Council

The Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) is the authority responsible for promoting Swedish literature in translation. Through Swedish Literature Exchange it coordinates a number of efforts in this field, publishes the magazine New Swedish Books and provides grants for translation and presentation of Swedish literature abroad, and for international collaboration.

The council also administers the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children’s literature.

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