Scottish Book Trust Announces Minority Ethnic Writing Award


Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce a new collaboration with The Saltire Society on a bursary to discover a new voice in fiction, poetry or spoken word. The Saltire Bursary is open to emerging minority ethnic writers committed to developing their work. The successful awardee will receive a £2,000 bursary to be presented at the Saltire Awards 2016, manuscript appraisal and a meeting with a literary agent and a publisher.

Caitrin Armstrong, Head of Writer Development, said:

“This bursary has been created following evaluative research and in consultation with writers. The lack of diversity in the publishing industry and the arts has an impact on the literature available to readers. That is why we are so delighted to be working in partnership with the Saltire Society to go some way towards addressing this – everyone should be represented in literature and literature should reflect the diverse range of voices in our society.”

Sarah Mason, Programme Manager at the Saltire Society commented:

“We are delighted to be working with Scottish Book Trust to offer a fantastic opportunity for a new voice in fiction, poetry or spoken word. This bursary is part a wider £50,000 ‘Inspiring Scotland’ series of awards announced as part of the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary celebrations and made possible through support from the Saltire Society Trust.”


Applicants must have completed a full-length work and the successful awardee will work on this project during the bursary period. Writing in any style, of any genre about any subject is accepted, as are spoken word entries.

Writers must fulfil the eligibility criteria for the New Writers Awards. Applications are open now and will close on Wednesday 14 September (midday). More information is available at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/writing/scottish-book-trust-training-awards/a-new-voice-the-saltire-bursary.

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