Writing for Children Bursary

Kindly donated by Mairi Hedderwick, one of our Patrons, this bursary will support one place on the sold out Writing for Children Course in July.  The tutors for the course are Melvin Burgess and Jenny Valentine with guest Gillian Cross. It is hoped that this opportunity will support a writer wishing to develop skills in the genre and enhance their writing practice. Details about the previous winners can be found on this page.

2017 winner announced.

We are delighted to announce that Donna Booth is the winner of the 2017 Writing for Children Bursary.

Donna is Caithprofile picness born and bred and after years working away returned to start up her own business teaching yoga, mindfulness and reiki. She spends her free time playing with her dogs, cats, hens, teenage daughter and fiancé. Donna has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember but has only recently been brave enough to share her work. She has since had a short story published in an anthology, adapted another into a screenplay which became a short film, has contributed to an art / poetry exhibition and has performed a collection of poetry at the Ullapool book festival. She is currently working on a novel for Young Adults and a picture book for children.







 Entry for this award has now closed.


The Bursary ­ is open to unpublished/published writers living and working in Scotland who have or would like to have a ‘Writing for Children or Young Adults’ piece in development.

Please apply by sending:

  • A CV which demonstrates that you meet the criteria
  • An A4 summary of your writing project that outlines your work in progress.
  • A sample of your work maximum 1000 words, double spaced and single sided for YA.


  • A sample of your work maximum 400 words, double spaced and single sided for Children.

Applications can be submitted from the 8th March with a closing date of April 3rd at 5pm. The successful applicant will be notified in the middle of May.

Read our guide to submitting work HERE.

Applications should be sent by email to: mairihedderwickbursary@moniackmhor.org.uk or by post to:

Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre,

For any enquiries relating to the Writing for Children Bursary, please contact: Dr Heather Clyne, Centre Administrator

info@moniackmhor.org.uk                 Tel: 01463 741675


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