Scholarships and Bursaries

Scroll down for information and how to apply for (1) Festival Scholarship Scheme for young writers aged 18-25, (2) The Lindsay Literary Scholarship for a children’s/YA writer of any age from an under-represented background, and (3) a number of £50 bursaries for any writers.



The Festival Scholarship Scheme

This scheme is open to all writers aged 18-25 who would like to apply for a free weekend package at the Festival. This amounts to a saving of £475 and includes 4 one-to-one appointments with agents and editors, 2 all-day courses, four Saturday talks and entry to the Keynote plus lunch each day.

Please note: this EXCLUDES breakfast, dinner, accommodation and travel WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE AWARDEE whose weekend place, accommodation over three nights (in single student accommodation), breakfasts and two evening meals, plus travel costs up to £100, will be sponsored most generously by Monica Woods, a previous attendee. This additional support will be awarded to the person whose application indicates greatest need. If you don’t wish to be considered for this additional support, please say so in your application. The identity of this awardee will remain confidential, unless the awardee wishes it to be known.

There are 10 scholarship places available, and applications should be made by email to the Festival Director, Please insert ‘Festival Scholarship Scheme’ in the subject title of your email.

What to include in your application:

  • A statement of 200 words maximum outlining your writing interests and details of any publications/performances or publishing experience, as well as what you hope to get out of the Festival.
  • A page of prose (may be a complete piece or part of something longer) or a single poem that showcases your creative writing.
  • Contact details including postal address, telephone number and date of birth.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Evidence for strong commitment to the practice of creative writing.
  • Commitment to dissemination of creative work (via publications, competitions, performances, open mic readings, community events and so on).
  • High level communication skills.
  • Willingness to engage with the Festival’s aims and activities, including social media, and to meet with other Scholarship writers.
  • Proof of age (eg passport or driving licence copy) will be required on receipt of offer of a scholarship place. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the Festival.

Applications will be accepted up until 13 April, 2018.  Successful applicants will be able to make their selections for workshops and one-to-ones once their place is confirmed, shortly after the deadline on 13 April, 2018.


The Lindsay Literary Scholarship

This brand-new scholarship, generously sponsored by the Lindsay Literary Agency*, will be awarded to a children’s fiction writer (YA or middle grade), of any age, from an under-represented background. The scholarship covers the cost of three days at the Festival, access to all workshops and talks, four one-to-one appointments with industry experts, all meals, accommodation and a grant (max £100) towards travel to Winchester.

Who can apply?

Any writer who lives in the UK or Ireland and comes from an under-represented background may apply. The scholarship recognises all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Applicants are asked to self-identify with regard to their under-represented background.

Applicants can be unpublished or self-published but must be un-agented. Each submission will be judged solely on the work submitted and its potential, and the statement supplied.


  • Work should be the applicant’s own and should NOT be under contract with a traditional publisher.
  • Applicants must be un-agented.
    • Applicants who sign a contract with a publisher or agent before the deadline must withdraw.
    • You may submit work that has previously been self-published.
  • The work must be suitable for middle-grade or YA readers, no picture books.

Your submission

  1. Entries should be emailed to In the subject line please put Lindsay Literary Scholarship 2018 Entry.
  2. In the body of the email, please include your name, address, email and telephone.
  3. Please attach your statement. This should be 400 or fewer words in a Word document. Please give some details on your writing background, whether you are unpublished or self-published, how attending the Festival will help you in your writing career, how you meet the criteria for this opportunity and why you should be awarded the scholarship.
  4. Please attach your work-in-progress sample: 2000 words from the opening of your unpublished or self-published novel.
  5. Please attach your synopsis. This should be 400 or fewer words in a Word document.

Deadline: Friday, 13th April 2018.

Please send all entries and enquiries to:

Submissions not in compliance with the rules will be disqualified. 

The Festival/Lindsay Literary Agency will announce the name of the awardee unless they request to remain anonymous (please state this clearly on your submission email if this is the case).

*About the Lindsay Literary Agency

The Lindsay Literary Agency was established in 2008 and represents a range of award-winning children’s authors who have been translated into multiple languages around the world. Authors include: Pamela Butchart, Sue Wallman, Sam Gayton and Mike Lancaster.


Winchester Writers’ Festival Bursary 

Due to the generosity of many Festival attendees, the Winchester Writers’ Festival Bursary Fund has a number of £50 bursaries available for writers experiencing financial difficulty.

This offer is open to all Festival package applicants. Please apply by email to with ‘Festival bursary’ in the subject line, with a brief note about yourself.