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Milford Bursaries for Writers of Colour


Due to the generosity of the committee of the 2012 and 2018 Eastercons, and an anonymous (writer) donor, Milford SF Writers' Conference is offering two bursaries for self-identifying science fiction/fantasy writers of colour (BAME)  to attend the 2019 Milford SF Writers' Conference in the UK which takes place from 14th to 21st September. The location is Trigonos, Nantlle, North Wales (9 miles south of Caernarfon).

“Milford is everything you want in a residential workshop. Great food, breathtaking views, super respectful crits. What’s even better is getting to attend this without paying a kobo for registration or residency. Teatimes where there’s actually tea and food? Sociable evenings with lots of drinks and chocolate? Visits to a little town in North Wales that could be navigated end-to-end in under 3 hours? Count me in anytime. And anyone who gets the opportunity to apply to be a part of this, definitely should.” - Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Suyi & VaughanIn 2017, our bursary recipients were Suyi Davies Okungbowa, from Lagos, Nigeria (pictured left with Vaughan Stanger) and Dolly Garland from London, UK. In 2018 our recipients are Nisi Shawl from the USA and Rochita Loenen Ruiz from the Philipines, currently resident in the Netherlands.

In September 2018, we are opening applications. They close on 28th February 2019. Successful applicants will be notified in March 2019 and must confirm acceptance or decline within a week of notification.

Writers from all over the world (far and near) are invited to apply as long as they write in English. Applicants must be 'Milford qualified' (i.e at least one SF story sale).

Each bursary will cover the cost of the conference fee and full board accommodation (i.e. room and all meals). The bursary value is approximately £650. The bursary does not cover the cost of transport to or from the conference from either inside or outside the UK. Should a successful applicant be unable to take up the offer of a bursary, there is no cash value, and no guarantee that we will be able to offer a bursary in a future year.

I was really grateful to receive the Milford bursary as it gave me a prolonged exposure to a group of experienced writers, and an opportunity to work with them. It gave me a dedicated week where I didn't have to worry about anything but my writing, which is a rare luxury in my hectic life. - Dolly Garland

This is intended to be an encouragement and not a quota. We have a limited number of bursaries available, however we operate an equal opportunities policy so all SF/F writers who are 'Milford qualified' are welcome to apply for the full-price Milford SF Writers' Conference places, subject to availability.

Thank you to all previous applicants. If you have applied unsuccessfully in the past, you are welcome to apply again. Applications are open now. Please download the application form here with full details of how to apply. In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact the Milford secretary.

If you are interested in helping to fund our bursary programnme for future years, please contact the secretary.

Milford secretary:

I eventually found my way to writing fiction based in Indian culture, after trying my hand at what I thought was normal (fantasy with white characters). Returning to my root culture was, for me, a necessity to find my authentic voice. Milford's bursary is extremely valuable for people like me. It encourages the simple truth that we do need more diversity in our literature so that every writer doesn't pick up a pen thinking writing white characters is the normal thing to do. - Dolly Garland



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