Apply for the Laura Kinsella Fellowship

If you are an early career writer of literary fiction, this opportunity could kickstart your literary career. 

Apply for the Laura Kinsella Fellowship

The Laura Kinsella Fellowship aims to support a talented literary fiction writer who is at the beginning of their career. It was established to help develop writers who experience limiting circumstances, or whose voices are underrepresented in mainstream literary fiction. 

What is involved?

The winner will receive:

  • A prize of £4,000
  • A programme of bespoke professional development and promotional opportunities
  • Mentoring
  • Introduction to the writing industry. 

Who can apply?

The Prize is free to enter and open to all writers who:

  • Live in England at time of application and until at least June 2021
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have not published a debut novel or full short story collection
  • Identify as experiencing specific obstacles to their early career.

What do I submit?

All submissions must include:

  • A sample of work of up to 2,000 words demonstrating your talent and potential
  • A short artistic biography of up to 250 words describing you and your work:
    • Experience and achievements relating to your writing, including any publications and prizes
    • Inspirations and current writing project
  • A statement of intent of up to 250 words describing:
    • Why support is crucial at this point in your career and what kind of support would be most helpful to you
    • The obstacles to your early career and how they have limited your success.

What are the deadlines?

  • Deadline for applications: Friday 17 January 2020
  • Shortlist announcement event in Norwich: April 2020
  • Award ceremony in London: June 2020

For more details and entry information, visit the National Centre for Writing website.

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Formerly Assistant Editor, Sienna now studies History of Art at the University of Cambridge and loves to write about the intersection of politics, history and visual art. Sienna is author of the Creative Education and Instaviews series.

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