TLC launches scholarship helping black British writers in 2020

TLC launches scholarship helping black British writers in 2020

The Literary Consultancy is partnering with Ellah P Wakatama, editor-at-large at Canongate, to launch the TLC Scholarship.

Submissions for 2020's scholarship are open exclusively to black British writers, after which applications will be accepted each year over a three-week period "from writers on low-income and/or from communities currently under-represented in publishing".

One writer will be selected for a place on TLC’s year-long Premium Chapter & Verse mentoring programme with a publishing industry editor, working one-on-one to develop their writing, attending an industry day with a literary agent and publisher, and receiving a full manuscript assessment report once the book is complete. They will additionally receive one year’s free access to TLC’s new Being A Writer programme, an online membership community that focuses on cultivating creativity and building resilience, with online courses, downloadable resources, and "Creativity Pills", mini creativity boosters curated in partnership with the Poetry Pharmacy.

In its inaugural year, the TLC Scholarship mentor will be Wakatama, former judge of the Booker Prize and currently editor-at-large at Canongate. Submissions open at 9 a.m. Monday 3rd August 2020, closing at midday on Friday 21st August 2020, with further details on applying available on the TLC website. Unpublished and previously published writers can apply, and there is no upper age limit. 

The Chapter & Verse Scholarship will be funded by TLC, and sits alongside five bursaried mentorships already provided by TLC’s Arts Council England funding, 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 around 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.