Ignite Fellowship to fire-up careers of professional writers

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Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, has today launched a new fellowship programme. Recognising the achievements of professional writers, the Ignite Fellowship will offer tailored, practical and financial support to help writers find time and space to fire up their careers.

The Ignite Fellowship has been developed in consultation with Scottish Book Trust’s Writers Advisory Panel and is a renovation of the previous Mentoring programme. The panel concluded that professional writers needed a range of support for their career. Therefore, the Ignite Fellowship will provide a flexible programme to suit the individual needs of the selected awardees.

There are three awards available and Scottish Book Trust is working in partnership with the Gaelic Books Council, who will fund one of these specifically for a writer working in Gaelic. We also strongly encourage applications from writers working in Scots.

Each fellow will be given the opportunity to discuss and identify the support they would find most useful. Assistance to develop a project (within a budget of £1500) may include mentoring, a manuscript appraisal, editorial feedback or research and development. 

Writers based in Scotland are encouraged to apply for the Ignite Fellowship. Applicants must meet the criteria for Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database, though do not need to be on the database to apply. Applications are welcome from writers, comic makers, poets, illustrators, storytellers, playwrights and spoken word artists.

The Ignite Fellowship will support writers with a particular project including novels, poetry, screenplays and radio scripts. To apply, writers must have a project that still needs work. This project can be in the very early stages of development, such as an idea, outline or pitch. The project can be similar to a work completed before – for example a new book in a familiar genre – or one that sees the author switching genre or medium.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We’re delighted to launch the Ignite Fellowship, which will help writers develop their work and connect them with the help they need. Whether in English, Scots or Gaelic, we are looking forward to receiving submissions from writers across Scotland.”

Gaelic entries will be assessed by the Gaelic Books Council.

Awardees will receive:

•           A £2000 bursary

•           Tailored creative project support

•           A week-long writing retreat at Moniack Mhor (with the New Writers Awards programme)

•           Optional training in Press, PR and Social Media and Performance and Presentation

•           A showcase event (to be organised with the selected writers)

•           Networking opportunities

•           Other reasonable support (including marketing, promotion and press) as needed

•           Reasonable travel expenses for all trips to attend programme commitments


The fellowship will run for one year from December 2018 to December 2019. Ignite Fellowship applications are now open. 

Gaelic applications will open on Monday 1st October 2018.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 14 November 2018 (midday). If you have any specific questions about your application or eligibility please send them to: applications@scottishbooktrust.com


Notes to Editors

For all media enquiries, please contact Press Officer Keara Donnachie: Keara.Donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0184.


About Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure though programmes and outreach work that include:

  • Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of Books at home.
  • Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
  • Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
  • Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.

www.scottishbooktrust.com            @scottishbktrust     www.facebook.com/scottishbktrust


About Gaelic Books Council

The Gaelic Books Council is the lead organisation with responsibility for supporting Scottish Gaelic authors and publishers, and for raising the profile and reach of Scottish Gaelic books in Scotland and internationally. www.gaelicbooks.org


About Creative Scotland

In addition to general fundraising, Scottish Book Trust receives Creative Scotland support through Regular Funding.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  It enables people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  It distributes funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com, and follow @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland