The Jericho Writers / Marjacq

Festival of Writing Bursary

The Festival of Writing bursary

The Jericho Marjacq bursary

We’ve teamed up with literary agency Marjacq Scripts to offer a fully-funded weekend ticket to the Festival of Writing to a talented under-represented writer. Inclusive of travel, accommodation, food, workshops and unique extras, this is a fantastic opportunity for any writer whose opportunities are limited by mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance.

Closing date: 31 July 2019

What it includes

tick bullet blue A Full Weekend Ticket to the Festival of writing

Inclusive of accommodation, food, two one-to-one sessions, and all workshops and events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – including the Friday Mini-Course and Saturday Gala Dinner.

tick bullet blue A full travel bursary

To UK residents only. We will organise travel and cover costs on your behalf.

tick bullet blue An additional one-to-one meeting with a Marjacq literary agent at the Festival

This special ten-minute one-to-one will be scheduled in advance and is your chance to get personalised feedback on your work from a top literary agent.

tick bullet blue One year’s free membership to Jericho Writers

Including access to all our video courses, Conversations, AgentMatch, Cinema, Townhouse, Ask Jericho services and more.

Our aim is to give you the support you need to take your writing career to the next level. If you have specific access needs, including the need of a carer, our team will do our best to accommodate them.

Who’s eligible

Festival of Writing bursary eligibility

This bursary is open to any under-represented writer whose circumstances are limited by mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. This includes those who have disabilities, sensory impairment, long-term unemployed, ex-offenders or part of the BMER community.

Writers should also be living in the UK and writing fiction or non-fiction (please note that picture books or screenplays/scripts cannot be used in your submission).

How to apply

Please read the following rules carefully before submitting

Please send us up to 2,000 words of your current fiction, or non-fiction project, along with a one-page synopsis as a single Word document attachment, to

  • Title the subject of your email: FOW19 Bursary.
  • Please include a short bio in the body of your email (max 300 words).
  • Please only include one attachment, and ensure you save that as your name.
  • Attachments should be Word doc (.doc or .docx) files, or saved as a PDF (.pdf).
  • Please format your extract with double line spaced, 11pt Times New Roman font.
  • Please ensure that the extract is your own work, fiction or non-fiction. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to judge picture books or screenplays/scripts.
  • We recommend that you send the opening 2,000 words of your book and that you check it thoroughly for errors before sending.
  • Please note that we won’t be able to accept multiple entries, or alter entries once they have been sent.
  • Entry is free and the winner(s) will be notified by 16 August 2019.