Miles Morland Writing Scholarship | Writing Contest Scholarship For Africans

  • Target: The citizens of African countries
  • Benefits: Varies
  • Level and Discipline: Writing contest
  • Host Institution: Not specified
  • Deadline: 30 September every year

The Miles Morland Foundation is delighted to offer the Miles Morland Writing Contest Scholarship for Africans who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa. Candidates will be evaluated based on their submission including their published work. Up to three winning candidates wil be selected to receive £18,000 (for fiction) and £27,000 (for non-fiction). The application deadline is 30 September each year.

Scholarship Description
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.

Value and Tenure

  • Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid over the course of twelve months.
  • Scholars writing non-fiction will receive a grant of £27,000, paid over the course of eighteen months.

Level and Area of Studies
This is a writing scholarship contest.

Place of Study
There is no specified place.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • The Scholarships will be open to anyone who has been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.
  • All candidates must submit a piece of published work, or an excerpt from a piece of published work, of between two and five thousand words to be evaluated by a panel set up by the MMF which will include readers and judges.
  • 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 proposalsof this nature do not qualify.
  • There is NO age restriction for applicants.

Applicants’ Nationality
Only Africans are invited to apply.

Application Instruction

  • The candidates will be expected to submit a brief description of the work they intend to write (ideally 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 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.

Submission Deadline
30 September on annual basis.

Contact Details
All enquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to

Website and Application Link

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