Bloomsbury is launching the Bloomsbury Academic Writing Fellowship scheme to help early career academics get their book idea into a form which is ready for publication.

THE 2023 FELLOWSHIP IS NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AS YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE COUNTED. Please look out for announcements about the successful applicant(s) in January 2024.


If you are of African or African Caribbean heritage, based in the UK, and have an idea you would like to develop into an academic book but are unsure where to start, this Fellowship is for you.

The recipient of the Bloomsbury Fellowship will receive a package of creative support throughout 2024. This will include editorial support and mentorship for one year, £1000 of financial support, practical resources, and event and networking opportunities. The ultimate goal of this invaluable, industry-standard package of support is for the author to develop their work to a point in which they feel in a position to begin approaching prospective publishers.

Bloomsbury is proud to partner with Writers & Artists on this initiative, which we hope will remove some of the barriers to and mysteries around scholarly publishing.

We hope to open the scheme out globally in future, but for this initial pilot you must be based in the UK.

Deadline for applications: midnight (GMT) on 30th November 2023.

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