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Ignite Fellowship to fire-up careers of professional writers

Article by ERMurray © 24 September 2018.
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Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, has today launched a new fellowship programme. Recognising the achievements of professional writers, the Ignite Fellowship will offer tailored, practical and financial support to help writers find time and space to fire up their careers.

The Ignite Fellowship has been developed in consultation with Scottish Book Trust’s Writers Advisory Panel and is a renovation of the previous Mentoring programme. The panel concluded that professional writers needed a range of support for their career. Therefore, the Ignite Fellowship will provide a flexible programme to suit the individual needs of the selected awardees.

There are three awards available and Scottish Book Trust is working in partnership with the Gaelic Books Council, who will fund one of these specifically for a writer working in Gaelic. We also strongly encourage applications from writers working in Scots.

Each fellow will be given the opportunity to discuss and identify the support they would find most useful. Assistance to develop a project (within a budget of £1500) may include mentoring, a manuscript appraisal, editorial feedback or research and development.

Writers based in Scotland are encouraged to apply for the Ignite Fellowship. Applicants must meet the criteria for Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database, though do not need to be on the database to apply. Applications are welcome from writers, comic makers, poets, illustrators, storytellers, playwrights and spoken word artists.

The Ignite Fellowship will support writers with a particular project including novels, poetry, screenplays and radio scripts. To apply, writers must have a project that still needs work. This project can be in the very early stages of development, such as an idea, outline or pitch. The project can be similar to a work completed before – for example a new book in a familiar genre – or one that sees the author switching genre or medium.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We’re delighted to launch the Ignite Fellowship, which will help writers develop their work and connect them with the help they need. Whether in English, Scots or Gaelic, we are looking forward to receiving submissions from writers across Scotland.”

Gaelic entries will be assessed by the Gaelic Books Council.

 Awardees will receive:

  • A £2000 bursary
  • Tailored creative project support

In addition to the tailored creative project support the following opportunities will also be available:

  • A week-long writing retreat at Moniack Mhor (alongside writers from the New Writers Awards programme)
  • Optional training in Press, PR and Social Media and Performance and Presentation
  • A showcase event (to be organised with the selected writers)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Other reasonable support (including marketing, promotion and press) as needed
  • Reasonable travel expenses for all trips to attend programme commitments

The fellowship will run for one year from December 2018 to December 2019.

To apply for the Ignite Fellowship, please visit http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/node/140883

Gaelic applications will open on Monday 1st October 2018.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 14 November 2018 (midday).

If you have any specific questions about your application or eligibility please send them to: applications@scottishbooktrust.com

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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com