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Breakthrough novel-writing scholarships for writers with low income

Breakthrough novel-writing scholarships for writers with low income

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 16/05/2022
Editorial / Writing / Storytelling
Application RestrictionsLower Socio-Economic Status

Are you looking to develop your skills as a novelist, but lacking the resources to do so? Don't miss these free opportunities to join two upcoming creative writing courses. 

These Breakthrough Novel-Writing Scholarships will provide the full course fees for two talented writers. One writer will join our six-month online Writing Your Novel course (30 May to 28 Nov 2022), and a second writer will be selected to join our six-month London-based Writing Your Novel course (1 June to 7 Dec 2022).

These scholarships are 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 you’re without the financial means to attend a Curtis Brown Creative course, this scholarship opportunity is for you.



These scholarships are open to writers over the age of 18, who fulfil our low-income eligibility criteria.

  • 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 financially challenged, then do apply, explaining your circumstances in the form.

You are ineligible for these scholarships if you are currently represented by a literary agent and/or have previously published a book with a traditional, non-academic publisher.

Our form asks you to make a statement about your financial income and the reason you deserve this fully funded opportunity.



Application process

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 scholarships will be awarded to the applicants whose submission material shows the greatest potential and promise in our view. The decision will be made by the Curtis Brown Creative team.

Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.


Closing date: Sunday 15 May at midnight

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