Morland Writing Scholarship Grants


Morland Writing Scholarship Grants

The Morland Writing Scholarships for fiction and non-fiction work is open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

It can be difficult for writers in the early stages of their career to write and to earn a living outside writing at the same time. To help fill this need the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) has established up to three Morland Writing Scholarships every year.

In return for this Scholars are asked to pay to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the period of their Scholarship. 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.


The Scholarships will be open to anyone who has been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit a piece of published work, or an excerpt from a piece of published work, of between 2000 – 5000 words to be evaluated by a panel set up by the MMF which will include readers and judges.

The Scholarships are based on these submissions although the Foundation may also wish to question certain candidates or ask for other work. The work 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.

There is NO age restriction for applicants.

Scholarship Requirement:
The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write. They should submit by e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book. The Scholarship will terminate if a Scholar fails to submit their work on time except for prior authorization

Method of Application

The candidates should submit a brief description of the work they intend to write (ideally up to 1000 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 in 200-300 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.

In addition, Before you submit an application please read two things – 1). The FAQs which set out in detail the requirements for entering the Scholarship. All enquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to

Application Deadline: 31 October 2017

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