Bursaries – Jericho Writers
Jericho Writers
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Opportunities for Under-Represented Writers

Access to free courses and membership opportunities for those who need it.

Bursary Opportunities

We believe that every writer should have access to the best advice, tools and opportunities to take their writing further, and we’re working to ensure that we do our bit to make that possible.

That’s why we always offer bursary opportunities to under-represented writers where we can.

During our Summer Festival of Writing, we provided over 30 bursary places giving free access to over 100+ live online events to writers across the world. Some of these were funded by our generous speakers, including Clare Mackintosh, Neil Gaiman, and Chris Riddell.

We’re very proud to be able to offer bursary places to our incredible Self-Editing Your Novel Course with Debi Alper. Our very first recipient of this bursary went on to secure a two-book deal with Bookouture.

We post all bursary opportunities here, as and when they arise. So be sure to check for updates regularly.

Steffanie was awarded our first bursary place

I look after my mum who has Alzheimer’s, so I applied for the bursary and thought, nothing ventured, nothing gained. When Jericho contacted me to say I’d been successful, I couldn’t believe it. That was my first opening door.

Steffanie Edward

Author, Steffanie now has a two-book deal with Bookouture
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Current Bursary Opportunities

We’re always adding new bursary opportunities to help under-represented writers access the courses, tools, and advice they need to take their writing forward. Take a look below for current opportunities.

Agent One-to-One Bursary

With thanks to literary agent Hannah Schofield from LBA Books, the Agent One-to-One Bursary offers seven authors from low-income households a free one-to-one session with an agent of their choice to get feedback on their submission pack and first 5,000 words of their manuscript.

We know how valuable the advice of a literary professional can be, and so we are delighted to be able to extend this opportunity to authors for whom the cost of an Agent One-to-One session would be a barrier.

Applications close 9am BST on Monday 7th August.

The Jessica George Bursary

Jessica George – author of New York Times bestselling novel Maame (Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and St Martins Press in the US) – is delighted to present The Jessica George Bursary.

The bursary recipient will receive a prize with a cash value of over £1200. This includes: a full manuscript assessment, four agent one-to-ones, a lifetime Jericho Writers’ Premium Membership, and a day ticket to Jericho Writers’ Festival of Writing in October 2023. Two runners up will receive a lifetime Premium Membership and an agent one-to-one session.

Self-Edit Your Novel Course Bursary

With thanks to tutors Debi Alper and Emma Darwin, we’re able to offer a fully-funded place for an under-represented writer on our most popular tutored course.

Bursary applications are now closed.

Become a Member of Jericho Writers

Writing is hard – don’t do it alone! Our membership package gives you year-round writing support and guidance with video courses, live agent pitch sessions, masterclasses and more.

  • Our ‘Getting Published’ video course
  • Our ‘How to Write’ video course
  • Our ‘Self-Publishing’ video course
  • Live literary agent pitch sessions
  • ALL our video Masterclasses
  • The AgentMatch literary agent database
  • Feature films with agents, authors and publishers.
  • FREE feedback on your query letter
  • PLUS – a 10% discount on tutored courses, editorial services and events