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The CHEERIO Novel-Writing Scholarship for Writers with Low Income

This scholarship will award one talented writer of limited financial means a fully paid place on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course.

The CHEERIO Novel-Writing Scholarship will award one talented writer of limited financial means a fully paid place on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course. This hugely popular course features expert tuition from author Chris Wakling, a strong peer group and advice from literary agents. The course will run from 7 March to 20 June 2022, 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.

This scholarship is fully funded by CHEERIO – a new, independent publishing and film production company. The company is the brainchild of leading literary agent Clare Conville and celebrated author and curator Harriet Vyner. Partnered by The Estate of Francis Bacon, CHEERIO commissions unexpected and provocative essay collections, books and film from contributors across a broad range of artistic disciplines. Much of its content is inspired by or linked to Francis Bacon’s life and work, although that is not a prerequisite. Its eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction, drama and factual, will appeal to enquiring minds with an artistic bent. The first two books to be published will be Bacon in Moscow by James Birch (27 Jan 2022) and Big Snake, Little Snake by DBC Pierre (April 2022).

This scholarship is part of the Breakthrough Writers’ Programme, our outreach programme which offers opportunities to under-represented writers. We aim to promote diversity in our student groups and to enable talented writers to join our courses who we might not otherwise have heard from.

If you have the desire to write, a great idea and a compelling voice, and if you’re without the financial means to attend a Curtis Brown Creative course, this opportunity is for you. We are grateful to CHEERIO for funding this scholarship and are excited at the prospect of supporting the writing process of a talented new student.

Course details

ELIGIBILITY

The scholarship is open to people over the age of 18, either:

  • unmarried and not co-habiting with a partner, with an annual (gross, pre-tax) income of less than £25,000 and personal savings of less than £5,000.
  • married or co-habiting with a partner, with a total annual (gross pre-tax) household income of less than £35,000 and personal savings (jointly or individually) of less than £5,000.

If you don’t quite fit our financial criteria but are nonetheless very financially challenged, then do apply, explaining your circumstances in the form.

APPLICATIONS & SELECTION

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 our application form.  Please note that those with the financial means to attend our courses should not apply to this scholarship. 

The CHEERIO Novel-Writing Scholarship for Writers with Low Income 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. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Applicants to The CHEERIO Scholarship for Writers with Low Income must fulfil our eligibility criteria. Our form asks you to make a statement about your financial circumstances and the reason you deserve the scholarship.
  • With respect to the earnings thresholds set out in our eligibility section: for salaried applicants, your current salary at date of application must be under the threshold. For self-employed applicants, your gross pre-tax profits (average figure for the last two financial years) must be under the threshold. State benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance should be counted as income.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide proof of their financial circumstances in support of their scholarship applications.
  • Because the scholarship is open only to those who do not have the means to attend the applicable course without financial assistance, applicants should bear in mind that their application will be considered only for the scholarship place on the relevant course and not for other fee-paying places on the course.

Ready to apply?

Our application process is simple, and we encourage all writers meeting the eligibility criteria to apply.

Don’t worry if you have little or nothing to say in response to questions about e.g. writing experience or employment. Just fill out the form, upload your work and we’ll be in touch soon.

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 13 February, and we will respond to applicants by Thursday 17 February.  If you encounter any problems during the application process or have any more questions about the course, please email cbccourses@curtisbrown.co.uk for assistance.

The CHEERIO Novel-Writing Scholarship for Writers with Low Income

  • Contact Details

    Please provide some essential details so we can get in touch with you about your application. We won't share this data.
  • eg. name@domain.com
  • Please include country code if applicable
  • About You and Your Writing

    We'd like to learn a bit about you and your writing. Don’t worry if you haven’t done much writing before, please fill out in as much detail as possible. We won't share this data.
  • Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • We'd like to hear about any jobs or studies that you feel may be of interest and/or relevant to your application
  • Accepted file types: pdf, txt, doc, rtf, docx.
    Please upload your synopsis and opening 3,000 words in one document. Only PDF, TXT and DOC files accepted, file size must be less than 8mb
  • The Breakthrough Writers' Programme

  • I am over 18 years of age, unmarried and not co-habiting with a partner, with an annual (gross, pre-tax) income of less than £25,000 [or equivalent] and I do not hold personal savings in excess of £5,000; I am over 18 years of age, married or co-habiting with a partner, with a total annual (gross, pre-tax) household income of less than £35,000 [or equivalent] and personal savings (jointly or individually) of less than £5,000.