The Royal Society of Literature is accepting applications for Brookleaze Grants for Writers. The purpose of these grants is to buy time for novelists, short-story writers, poets or playwrights with pieces of work in hand. The Council of the RSL, who will be responsible for awarding the grants, will be particularly interested in applications from writers who wish to buy time away from their normal lives – who need to take sabbaticals from their jobs, for example, or who need to travel abroad for the purpose of research.
A total of £5,000 will be available annually, and this may be awarded either as two grants of £2,500 or one grant of £5,000.
Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, a writer must have had work previously published, or have been newly commissioned, by a trade publisher in the UK. Works must be written by a citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland or a writer who has been resident in the UK for at least three years.
What to submit: If you wish to make an application, please write a short (one side of A4) letter, describing the project on which you are engaged, detailing your previous work, explaining how you would plan to use a grant, and giving a brief outline of your financial circumstances. Two references should also be submitted as part of your application. Applicants are welcome to re-submit previous applications, but unsuccessful applications will not be automatically carried forward.
How to apply: Applications should be sent by email to Lucy Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Lucy Shaw, The Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA, marking your envelope ‘Brookleaze application’.
For more information, including details of how to apply please visit: http://rslit.org./brookleaze-
Deadline: Monday 2 November 2015