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HELP US TO HELP STRUGGLING WRITERS
(financially struggling not, like, angsty struggling because that’s all of us)
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Your sponsorship helps
We believe that stories are what makes humanity truly great. Stories are the fuel that power our world. And the only way to a truly fair and equal society is if all voices are heard – especially those whose voices are under-represented, or those who have not been offered the same opportunities due to income, background, gender, or ethnicity.
Our sponsorship programme swipes cold hard cash from your pocket and redistributes it to marginalised and minority writers who struggle to find the time, space or resources to write. We magically transform your donation into online creative writing courses, real life writing retreats, critiques and mentoring for those who need it but can’t access it.
As an added bonus, we match fund the value of everything donated to the sponsorship fund. So if you give us a quid, we put another quid’s worth of retreats or courses in the pot.
By sponsoring a writer, you are helping fund a project that seeks to
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NEW 12-month Writer Development Package!
In celebration of National Writing Day and to help combat inequality and amplify marginalised voices within the publishing industry we wanted to offer an extra sponsorship package to the current bursary allocation.
Our new Writer Development Package provides ongoing support, mentoring, and feedback for a writer of colour, including:
- 5 x video call mentoring sessions over the course of 12 months
- Feedback and critique of a plot outline (if writing a novel) and an extract of up to 5,000 words
- 12 months’ Writers’ HQ membership
We know that mentoring, critique and personal development support are invaluable to new and emerging writers, but that this kind of support can be expensive and hard to come by – particularly for marginalised and minority writers. We also know that there is a real need to address the imbalances within the publishing industry when it comes to race and representation.
We understand that the problem is systemic and much larger than rhetoric around diversity and inclusion. We’re working on bigger plans and are in the progress of making changes across our business to reflect this, but for now we wanted to take the opportunity to offer additional support in the best way we know how: by boosting and encouraging and helping develop the work of an up and coming writer.
To apply for the 12-month Writer Development Package, fill in the form below by 31st July 2020 and find out more about our mentoring services here.
Looking for sponsorship?
Here’s some things you might like to know
What does a Writers’ HQ sponsorship give me?
What do you want? What do you need? We’ll give you everything we can! When you apply you can ask for access to a particular course, membership (in six month chunks), a critique of your writing, or a mentoring package (more on that here).
How do I apply?
There’s a form down there. We ask you to answer a handful of questions, submit 2,000 words of your writing and a short personal statement.
How are the applications assessed?
We read them all in-house and then spend about four weeks arguing over who should get what. In an ideal world everyone would get everything, of course. We’ll let people know if their applications are successful as soon as possible. Unfortunately we can’t enter into correspondence or give feedback on applications, but feel free to re-apply if you weren’t successful the first time.
How many sponsorships are there?
Ah. That depends on donations. Some periods there might be three, some there might be thirty. We are always looking for ways to broaden our pool of resources and have recently added a brand new 12-month Writer Development Package – see below for more details.
Can I have the cash instead?
No mate, soz. Writers’ HQ sponsorships are given in the form of course access, critiques and mentoring. There are no cash alternatives.
Who can apply?
You! Anyone! We prioritise the following:
- People who are physically disabled in some way
- People who are neurodivergent or have a mental illness
- People from a minority or persecuted community
- People living in a low income household (typically defined as a household earning under £15,000) and/or in receipt of social security
- People with a criminal record
- People who are the primary carer for another human with high needs
- People who have just had enough of all the bullshit and just really need to write some kickass stories.
What are the deadlines and dates and things?
Application deadline: 31 March 2020
Application deadline: 30 June 2020
*NEW* 12- month Writer Development Package!
Application deadline: 31 July 2020
Application deadline 30 September 2020
Application deadline 31 December 2020
Want to apply? Then fill in this form
(Applications for the next round close 30 June 2020)