TLC launches scholarship for low income, under represented writers

News - Books Monday, 20th July 2020

This year, one Black British writer will receive mentorship and other benefits

The Literary Consultancy (TLC) has announced the TLC Scholarship, for a writer on low-income and/or from communities currently under-represented in publishing. The 2020 scholarship is open exclusively to applications from Black British writers, and will accept submissions from 3 to 21 August.

The selected writer will receive a year's mentoring from Ellah P Wakatama, former Booker Prize judge and editor at large at Canongate. He or she will also receive a year's access to TLC's Being A Writer programme.

The scholarship, funded by TLC, will sit alongside five bursaried mentorships already provided by TLC's Arts Council England funding and administrated by 17 literature partners across England including Arvon, Writing East Midlands, the National Centre for Writing, New Writing North, and Creative Future. The Free Reads scheme, which has been running since 2001 but was granted a boost in funding in 2015 to expand its reach, offers bursaries to some 100 low-income writers across England each year, giving them free access to TLC's professional feedback services, as well as event tickets and access bursaries.

TLC website