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The Lindsay Literary Scholarship 2021 - for writers of children's fiction from an under-represented background

Lindsay Literary Agency is delighted to be sponsoring a fully funded writers’ place at the Virtual Writers’ Weekend in 2021. The agency first sponsored a place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival in 2018 and 2021 will be the fourth year they have run the scholarship.

The 2021 scholarship will be awarded to a children’s fiction writer (picture book, middle grade or YA) from an under-represented background. The funding covers the cost of a Weekend ticket with access to both keynotes, 18 Talks with Q&A, readings, an Open Mic, and the Expo together with a one-to-one tutorial with founder of the Lindsay Literary Agency, Becky Bagnell, plus access to recordings of all 18 Talks during the weekend that can be viewed until 31 August. 

The Virtual Writers’ Weekend 2021 will take place from 24th-27th June. For more details on the event, please see the 2021 Programme page of this website.

Who can apply?

Any writer who lives in the UK or Ireland and who comes from an under-represented background may apply. The scholarship recognises all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Applicants are asked to self-identify with regard to their under-represented background.

Applicants can be unpublished or self-published but must be un-agented. Each submission will be judged solely on the work submitted and its potential together with the statement supplied.

How to submit?

  1. Entries should be emailed to In the subject line please put Lindsay Literary Scholarship 2021 Entry.
  2. In the body of the email, please include your name, address, email and telephone.
  3. Please attach your work-in-progress sample: 2,000 words from the opening of your unpublished or self-published novel. In the case of a picture book text a maximum of two stories may be submitted, but no single story should have an overall word count of more than 1,000 words in total.
  4. Please attach your statement. This should be 500 or fewer words in a Word document. Please give some details on your writing background, whether you are unpublished or self-published, how attending the Writers’ Weekend will help you in your writing career and why you should be awarded the scholarship. Applicants are asked to self-identify with regard to their background. Please include information on any relevant writing courses, degree or MA courses you are attending or have completed.
  5. Please attach your synopsis. This should be 500 or fewer words in a Word document.

Deadline: Sunday, 23rd May 2021 at midnight.

Terms and Conditions


  • Work should be the applicant’s own and should not be under contract with a publisher
  • Applicants must be un-agented
  • You may submit work that has previously been self-published.
  • The work must be part of a complete work.
  • If you have completed an MA in creative writing or are currently taking part in a similar course please make this clear in your statement.
  • Amendments cannot be made once the Work has been submitted.

General details

  • The winner of the Scholarship will be announced on or before 8th June 2021. If you have not heard by this date unfortunately you may assume you have not been successful.
  • If the winner of the Scholarship cannot be contacted or does not respond within 3 days the Lindsay Literary Agency reserves the right to select another Scholar from entries which were received before the closing date.
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, the Lindsay Literary Agency is unable to contact applicants on progress of submissions. However, applicants will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt by email.
  • Applicants who sign a contract with a publisher or agent before the 2021 Virtual Writers’ Weekend must withdraw.
  • Lindsay Literary Agency together with the Writers’ Weekend will announce the name of the awardee unless they request to remain anonymous (please state this clearly on your submission email if this is the case).
  • Any changes to the Terms & Conditions will be posted on the Lindsay Literary Agency’s website.

Submissions not in compliance with the rules will be disqualified. Please send all entries and enquiries

The Monica Wood Scholarships - for young writers aged 18-25

This year has been really tough for us all, but especially for young people studying and trying to go forward in their writing careers. We’d like to offer a helping hand.

Monica Wood is very generously funding FOUR scholarships for young writers aged 18-25 of limited means to attend the entire 2021 Writers’ Weekend, including both keynotes, all 18 Talks, the Writers’ Circles, four one-to-one appointments with literary agents and/or author mentors, readings, Open Mic, Expo and recordings of all of the talks that can be viewed until 31 August.

Application deadline:  Friday, 30 April, 2021 at midnight BST

To apply:
Email with:
* One or two paragraphs about your writing experience thus far and  your writing goals
* A one-page sample of your writing
* A photocopy of your passport or drivers’ license to verify age

Attendees may come from any country, but please note that the Writers’ Weekend is held on British Summer Time (BST).

The four scholarship winners will be chosen by Tuesday, 4 May and will be sent a discount code to register for the event by Monday, 10 May.  (Writers’ Circles begin on Sunday, 16 May)

Encourage the young writers in your life to apply!

The Women's Prize Trust Scholarship - for a low-income woman

One Weekend ticket to attend the 2021 Writers’ Weekend will be awarded to a woman on a low income, whose financial situation prohibits them from attending the event.  The Weekend ticket includes 18 Talks with Q&A, both keynotes, three one-to-ones, Group Chats, access to the Expo, Success Stories readings, the opportunity to have a 30-minute Reedsy editorial session and a free ticket to the Discoveries panel discussion with Kate Mosse.

To enter, we require a short statement of your writing goals and proof of low-income or eligibility, by providing a copy of one of the following:

  1. A photocopy of proof of:
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Bereavement Benefit
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Child Benefit (Lone Parent)
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance mobility Component
  • Disability Living Allowance care component
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Death Benefit
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Miscellaneous Diseases Benefit
  • Pension Credit
  • Severe Disablement Occupational Allowance
  • State Retirement Pension
  • Unemployability Supplement
  • Unemployment Benefit
  • War Pensions
  • Widowed  Mother Allowance
  • Widowed Parents Allowance
  • Widows Benefit
  • Widows Pension
  • Working Tax Credit
  1.  A letter from:
  • a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions
  • a letter from the Jobcentre Plus
  • a letter from The Pension Service
  • a letter from H M Revenue and Customs
  • a pension advice slip
  • a recent bank statement showing the pension paid in.


If you do not have proof of income, but you believe that you’d be eligible, please get in touch with the Women’s Prize Trust.

* By applying for this scholarship, you are agreeing to be added to the mailing list for the Discoveries writers’ development programme that offers aspiring female writers of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys.

Please indicate in your application if you are willing to have your name shared on the Women’s Prize website as the recipient of the scholarship.  Your answer will not affect the decision.

Deadline to apply:  23 April, 2021
Winner contacted by 7 May, 2021

Send your statement and proof of income to:

Barbara Large Bursary Fund 2021 - for writers of any age

Due to the generosity of many Writers’ Weekend attendees, the Barbara Large Bursary Fund has a limited number of £75 bursaries available for writers experiencing financial difficulty. You must be purchasing one of the following packages:

  • Weekend
  • Saturday Only
  • Sunday Only
  • Writers’ Circle

To apply – Email with a paragraph or two about your writing experience thus far and your writing goals.

  • Priority will be given to those that haven’t received the bursary before.
  • Bursaries will be distributed throughout the booking period, as donations come in.
  • Applicants can come from any country
  • You can either book your package first and, if your bursary request is successful, receive a refund for £75, OR, if you choose to wait to find out if you’ve received the bursary before booking, and you are successful, you must book within one week of receiving the bursary.

Deadline:  Friday, 28 May – the earlier you apply, the better your chance.

The bursary is in memory of Barbara Large, founder of the Winchester Writers’ Festival and massive supporter of writers everywhere.

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