The Emerging Writer Award

EMERGING WRITER AWARD

Established in 2015, the Emerging Writer Award (formerly the Bridge Award) is now in its third year, and is run by Moniack Mhor in partnership with The Bridge Awards, a philanthropic venture that has helped to fund theatre and visual arts projects.

The award winner receives a tailor-made package worth up to £2,000 including tuition via open courses, retreat time and/or mentoring.

You can read about the previous winners HERE.


Moniack Mhor and The Bridge Awards are delighted to announce Rue Baldry as the winner of the 2017 Emerging Writer Award. Rue wins a tailor-made package of writing support, that includes writing retreats at Moniack Mhor and one on one mentoring.

Having been raised in Essex and Dar Es Salaam, Rue is now a mother of five living in York, England. She has a BA in English LiterP1050985ature from the University of York and an MA in Creative Writing from Leeds University. Her short stories have appeared in MslexiaThe Broken City, The Honest Ulsterman and on the Reader Berlin online showcase. Her scripts have had amateur and Youth theatre productions and professional workshops. Her website is at  ruebaldry.wordpress.com and her Twitter account is @R_E_Baldry.

Rue’s winning entry was an extract from the work in progress novel Uncle Raymond, which is the life story of a an ex-alcoholic trans woman stage magician, now working as a children’s entertainer, recollected as she performs at a party on the Saturday after the EU referendum.

 

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The quality of applications was so high, it was decided to award a runner up and a highly commended piece.

Runner-up – Emily Prince.    

Emi1960952_10151934448216269_2099833424_oly is from Melbourne, Australia and has fallen head-over-heels for Scotland. She has written for Voiceworks, Theatrepeople and is the editor of Pride & Possibilities, the online journal for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. By day she works as a librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library.

You can find her on twitter as @miss_e_prince

 

 

 

 

 

Highly Commended – Bryony Stocker

Bryony is a regular visiBryony Stocker imagetor to the centre as she finds the retreats help balance her work as a management consultant with completing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Strathclyde

Bryony’s entry was an extract from her novel-in-progress: Keeper. Set at the turn of the 19th century the story weaves real events into a traumatised soldier’s hunt for a killer against the backdrop of the battle for control of Regency London’s criminal underworld.

 

 

 

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EMERGING WRITER AWARD 2017

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS AWARD ARE NOW CLOSED.

Moniack Mhor and The Bridge Awards are pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2017 Emerging Writer Award, (previously The Bridge Award). The award is for unpublished prose fiction writers wishing to make a significant breakthrough in developing a full-length piece of work.

Established in 2015, the award is now in its third year, and is run by Moniack Mhor in partnership with The Bridge Awards, a philanthropic venture that has helped to fund theatre and visual arts projects.

Tracey Emerson, from The Bridge Awards, says:We hope that the combination of Moniack Mhor’s beautiful setting, inspiring courses and experienced mentors will enhance the awardee’s creative practice and provide a valuable stepping-stone in his/her writing career.”

The successful candidate will receive a tailor-made package worth up to £2,000 including tuition via open courses, retreat time and/or mentoring. The final terms of the award will be agreed by the successful candidate and Moniack Mhor.

Eligibility

The Emerging Writer Award is open to unpublished writers (individuals yet to have published a major work i.e novel, short story collection) with a work in progress. This year, we are delighted to say the Award is open to any writers living and working in the UK.

Read our guide to submitting work HERE.

Please apply by sending:

  • A CV which demonstrates literary achievements to date i.e. awards, publishing history, and that you meet the criteria.
  • An A4 summary of your writing project that outlines your work in progress. (Please do not put your name on the document as it will be judged anonymously)
  • A sample of your work (maximum 1000 words, double spaced and single sided with page numbers. Please do not put your name on the document as it will be judged anonymously)

Applications can be submitted from the 23th of January 2017 with a closing date of Monday 20th February 2016 at 5pm.

Applications should be sent by email to: bridgeawards@moniackmhor.org.uk or by post: Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire IV4 7HT

For any enquiries relating to the Bridge Award, please contact: Mark Phimister on mark@moniackmhor.org.uk

 

 

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