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The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers

Adam Kay is sponsoring a place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course for a talented Black writer.

We’re hugely excited to announce that Adam Kay – author of the multi-million bestseller This Is Going To Hurt – is generously providing funding for one talented Black writer to join our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing Course with Suzannah Dunn. This popular course features direct input from our literary agent team and top publishers. The course will run from 7 September – 14 December 2020, and is designed to enable people to take part from anywhere in the world – in any time zone, and at hours of the day or night that work best for the individual participant.

The Curtis Brown Creative team consider that we have a responsibility to promote diversity in our student groups and to reach out to talented writers who face barriers to entry when it comes to gaining professional training and furthering their writing careers. We are grateful to Adam Kay for providing the full fee for a Black writer to join our online course.

An announcement will be made soon concerning further writing opportunities with Curtis Brown Creative to happen this Autumn.

If you are Black, with the desire to write a novel, a great idea and a compelling writing voice, this scholarship opportunity is for you. We are excited at the prospect of supporting the writing process of a talented student, thanks to the generosity of Adam Kay.

‘Curtis Brown Creative have an enviable reputation in getting major publishing deals for their students, and I’m delighted to be able to offer that opportunity to a talented Black writer’ – Adam Kay


The scholarship is open to all Black writers over the age of 18.


Curtis Brown Creative offers places on our courses on the basis of proven writing ability. We ask applicants to send us the first 3,000 words of a novel in progress, with a one page synopsis, and to fill out the application form below. 

The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers will be awarded to the applicant whose submission material shows the greatest potential and promise in our view. The decision will be made by the Curtis Brown Creative team.

Head to the blog for tips and advice on preparing your application material. 


Applicants to the Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers must have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other).

Our form asks you to make a statement about your ethnicity and the reason you deserve the scholarship.

Please note that by applying for The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers you are not applying to a fee-paying place on the Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship place and a fee-paying place please fill out the application form below as well as the fee-paying form found here.

Applications are now closed

Please apply with the first 3,000 words of the novel you’d like to work on during the course, and a synopsis of no more than a page (both need to be in the same document, as you can only upload ONE file in the application below). The deadline for applications is midnight, end of day Sunday 23 August, and we will respond to applicants by Thursday 3 September.  If you encounter any problems during the application process, or have any more questions about the course, please email for assistance.