Scholarships and Bursaries

Winchester Writers’ Festival Bursary –

for writers of any age

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.  The bursary is closed for 2019.


The Lindsay Literary Scholarship – Closed to applications

The Lindsay Literary Agency began sponsoring a fully funded place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival in 2018 and we are delighted to announce that they are doing the same in 2019.

The scholarship is awarded to a children’s fiction writer (YA or middle grade), of any age, from an under-represented background. The funding 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 and from Winchester.

The Winchester Writers’ Festival 2019 will take place from 14th-16th June.

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.

This scholarship is now closed.


The Monica Wood Scholarship 2019 – Closed to applications

Applications must have been received by 15th March.

The Monica Wood Scholarship is open to a writer aged 18-25 who would like to apply for a free weekend package at the Festival. This 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.

This scholarship is now closed.