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Malorie Blackman Scholarships 2021-22 - now open for applications

The Malorie Blackman Scholarships for ‘Unheard Voices’

City Lit’s Malorie Blackman Scholarships for Unheard Voices provide three annual awards worth up to £1000 each, to fund one year’s study within the Creative Writing department at City Lit.  The awards seek to support and encourage the creative and professional development of ‘unheard voices’ writing with the final award winners selected by acclaimed writer, City Lit fellow and Patron of the School of Humanities & Sciences, Malorie Blackman OBE.

The 2019 winners of the Malorie Blackman Scholarhips for Unheard Voices:

Osob Dahir (learn more >)

Celestine Fraser (learn more >)

Beena Nadeem (learn more >)

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Thank you so much to everyone who applied for the 2021-22 Malorie Blackman scholarships!

We're so excited to read your work and learn more about your personal stories and writing aspirations. The Writing Department will be in touch with all applicants before May 2021, after our review and shortlisting process has been completed. The shortlist will be announced in the spring, and we’ll be accepting applications for our 2022-23 scholarships in our next academic year.



Scholarship Applications Open: 19th October 2020

Submission Deadline:  23:59, 31st January 2021

Scholarship Winners Announced: May 2021 

Scholarships Valid:  31st August 2021-31st August 2022


Terms & Conditions:

  • The scheme is open to past students or current students who have taken a City Lit Creative Writing course between the 31st August 2019 and the application deadline (applicants will need to identify their previous study and tutor in their application). 
  • Applications are invited from those writing in any of the following genres (or a mixture of the following): Fiction (novel writing, short story writing, writing for children etc.); Poetry;  Creative non-fiction (autobiography, memoir writing, journal writing, etc.); journalism, playwriting & screenwriting.  We do not accept applications from those studying academic and business writing.
  • All scholarship applications must be received by 23:59 on 31st January 2021. No applications will be considered after the deadline has passed.
  • All applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of members of the City Lit Writing team, and a shortlist of 10 will be sent to Malorie Blackman OBE for the final decision on the three award recipients.
  • Awards of up to £1000 each valid for use on creative writing courses starting from 31st August 2021 – 31st August 2022 only, with no cash alternative. 
  • Writing coordinators will advise on suitable programmes of study, and each recipient’s unique study programme will be decided and agreed through meetings with a member of the team.
  • Award recipients will be subject to the usual selection processes on courses requiring applications.
  • The decision of the Panel and Patron is final, and we regret that we will be unable to provide feedback or enter into discussion on unsuccessful applications.
  • Awards cannot be used retrospectively on courses which recipients are already enrolled.
  • Award recipients will be expected to participate/read at Late Lines and Writing Forum events, and be invited to share their learning and creativity at other City Lit events.
  • Award recipients will be expected to have their writing included in the Between the Lines publication in the year of their scholarship.
  • At the end of their awards recipients will be expected to be interviewed and provide a written review of their experience and what they have gained from their award.
  • Award recipients will be required to give permission to be included in marketing, social media, blog and other activities surrounding City Lit and the award.
  • Award recipients are subject to City Lit’s Student Code of Conduct and usual terms and conditions of study, any breach of which may result in the termination of the scholarship.
  • Should the terms and conditions not be met, termination of the scholarship or award is at the discretion of the panel.

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