Bloomsbury Academic Writing Fellowship: Empowering Voices (£1000 financial support)

Bloomsbury, in collaboration with Writers & Artists, is excited to announce the Bloomsbury Academic Writing Fellowship 2023.

Enter Now: Deadline November 30th, 2023

About the Fellowship

 This initiative aims to empower early career academics of African or African Caribbean heritage based in the UK to transform their book ideas into publishable works. If you have an academic book concept but are unsure where to begin, this Fellowship is designed for you.

The Bloomsbury Fellowship recipient will benefit from a comprehensive support package throughout 2024. This includes editorial guidance, mentorship for one year, £1,000 financial support, practical resources, and exclusive event and networking opportunities. The ultimate goal is to equip the author with the tools and confidence to approach potential publishers.

To ensure the diversity and relevance of the covered subjects, submitted manuscripts should focus on one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, and more.

In this pilot scheme, we are specifically targeting Black authors based in the UK. However, our vision is to expand the Fellowship’s reach to include other under-represented author groups in core academic fields in the future.

How to Enter

To participate, submit a short statement (<500 words) explaining how your work aims to educate and inspire within one or more of the specified thematic areas. Include a 200-word synopsis of your work and a 1,500-2,000 word sample extract. You can start and save your application, accessible in the ‘My competition entries’ section of your W&A dashboard.

Key Thematic Areas

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Climate Action

Dates and Announcements

The deadline for entries is 23:59 on November 30th, 2023. The judging panel will announce the successful applicant(s) in January 2024.

Judging Panel

The esteemed panel of judges for the Bloomsbury Fellowship 2023 includes:

  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied
  • David Avital
  • Dr. Akin Iwilade
  • Eli Keren
  • Lily Mac Mahon
  • Dr. Kadian Pow

Eligibility Criteria

To enter, all applicants must:

  • Be of African or African Caribbean heritage
  • Be over 18 and residing in the UK
  • Not have a publishing contract or agent

The Fellowship Package

The successful recipient(s) will receive a comprehensive package of creative support throughout 2024, including:

  • Editorial support and mentorship
  • £1,000 financial support
  • Events and networking opportunities
  • Resources

Full Entry Details

To apply, entrants must:

  • Provide a short statement about their work
  • Include a provisional Table of Contents and projected word count
  • Submit a 200-word synopsis
  • Upload a 1,500-2,000 word sample extract
  • Have a free account with writersandartists.co.uk
  • Submit their entry via the online form

Enter now

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