Writers based in Scotland Encouraged to Apply for the Ignite Fellowship

Plymouth Guildhall Carving The Writer N ChadwickApplications are welcome from writers, comic makers, poets, illustrators, storytellers, playwrights and spoken word artists.

Writers based in Scotland are encouraged to apply for the Ignite Fellowship. Applicants must meet the criteria for Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database, though do not need to be on the database to apply.

Now in its second year, the Ignite Fellowship recognises the achievements of professional writers and will offer tailored, practical and financial support to help writers find time and space to fire up their careers.

There are three awards available and Scottish Book Trust is working in partnership with the Gaelic Books Council, who will fund one of these specifically for a writer working in Gaelic. They also strongly encourage applications from writers working in Scots.

The Ignite Fellowship provides a flexible programme to suit the individual needs of the selected awardees.

Ignite Fellows will receive a £2000 bursary and tailored creative support to suit their individual projects. The fellowship will run for one year, from December 2019 to December 2020.

The inaugural Ignite Fellows have used the award to focus on diverse projects. Annie George is currently developing a treatment for a screenplay with her mentor Producer Alby James. Marjorie Lotfi Gill is working on a first draft of her project exploring the process of assimilation into a new culture. Gaelic Fellow Ruairidh Maclean has been working with mentor George MacPherson to reinterpret a body of traditional Gaelic legends.

The Ignite Fellowship will support writers who are embarking on a particular project including novels, poetry, screenplays and radio scripts. To apply, writers must have a project that still needs work. This project can be in the very early stages of development, such as an idea, outline or pitch, or already a work in progress.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“For the second year, the Ignite Fellowship will help writers develop their work and connect them with the help they need. Whether in English, Scots or Gaelic, we are looking forward to receiving submissions from writers across Scotland.”

Gaelic entries will be assessed by the Gaelic Books Council.

Alison Lang, Director of the Gaelic Books Council, said:

“The Gaelic Books Council is delighted that Làs/Ignite has given Ruairidh Maclean this excellent opportunity over the past year, and we hope that another established writer will find the same encouragement from the fellowship in the year to come. It is a pleasure to be working in partnership with the Scottish Books Trust once again to support Gaelic writers.

 Awardees will receive:A £2000 bursary and tailored creative project support

In addition  the following opportunities will also be available:

  • A week-long writing retreat at Moniack Mhor (alongside writers from Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Awards programme)
  • Optional training in Press, PR and Social Media and Performance and Presentation
  • A showcase event (to be organised with the selected writers)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Other reasonable support (including marketing, promotion and press) as needed
  • Reasonable travel expenses for all trips to attend programme commitments

The fellowship will run for one year from December 2019 to December 2020.

To apply for the Ignite Fellowship, please visit:


The deadline for applications is Wednesday 6 November 2019 (midday).

If you have any specific questions about your application or eligibility please send them to: applications@scottishbooktrust.com


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