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Society of Authors’ Work in Progress Grants

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The Society of Authors (SoA) has awarded 78 writers with a financial grant to support their ongoing writing projects, worth almost £185,000 in total. The grants are awarded twice a year as part of the Author’s Foundation and K Blundell Trust to support writers with their ongoing writing projects, by buying them time to write or help with research costs.

Some of this year’s recipients include poet Anthony Anaxagorou, novelist Kerry Hudson, writer and academic Sophie Coulombou, poet Roy McFarlane and novelist Anietie Isong, with writing projects focusing on Britain’s colonial relationship to Cyprus, the ‘darker side of motherhood’, race and racism in the nineteenth century and economic inequalities in India. These grants will allow writers to take on important collaborative work, archival research and allow for ‘robust ground reporting’.

The deadlines for applications for the next round of grants for work in progress are 1 July 2021, for distribution in October, and 1 February 2022, for distribution in May 2022.

From 2021, the Authors’ Foundation grants include the World of Books Impact Award – two annual grants of £5,000 each for books of any genre that have the power to inspire progressive behaviour change. Read more here

As Covid-19 continues to impact incomes, the Society of Authors are still distributing hardship grants to authors in financial crisis from the Authors’ Contingency Fund.

See here for full details of all available grants.

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