Writing for Children Bursary

Kindly donated by Mairi Hedderwick, this bursary provides the successful applicant with a fully-paid place on our 2018 writing for children course, Picture Books, November 5th – 10th, 2018. The successful applicant will also gain the opportunity to meet with Fraser Ross Associates for a one hour feedback and advisory session.

The aim of this bursary is  to support a writer/illustrator (with no major work yet published), living/working in Scotland who wishes to develop skills in the genre and enhance their practice.

We ask applicants to submit :- 

  1. Your full CV, highlighting any relevant literary activity or achievements, your background and other experience. Your contact details should also be provided (postal address, telephone number and email address).
  2. A cover letter, summarising your work in progress, how you arrived at the concept or idea, what stage you are at with the work and to what age group and audience you think it will appeal. We’d also like you to outline what difference gaining this bursary will make to you (this should just be around 300 to 400 words, certainly no more than one side of A4).  
  3. A sample of your work. This sample should be no more than 12 pages long. 

Please note, as this bursary funds a place on our Picture Book Course, applicants must have an interest in both illustrating and writing, your project proposal or work in progress must encompass both or have a clear vision for how these will be included.  

If you wish to apply for this bursary, please email your submission (CV, covering letter and sample of your work) to wfcbursary@moniackmhor.org.uk by 5pm on Friday June 29th, 2018

Kathryn Ross and Lyndsey Fraser of Fraser Ross Associates will be assisting in identifying the successful applicant and we expect to inform the successful applicant on or before Friday July 20th, 2018.

2017 Winner

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.



2016 Winner

Lucy Prior was the winner of the 2016 Writing for Children Bursary. The judges were impressed by Prior’s story of Shadwick the pony, who is rescued from neglect and sent to live in a racehorse yard, where he struggles to fit in.

Lucy Prior - 2016 Writing for Children Winner smLucy Prior grew up in the Angus Glens on a self-sufficient small holding and now live on a croft in the North West Highlands with her husband and a supporting cast of various animals. Lucy works in agriculture now but before that she taught English in secondary schools in the Glasgow area and worked with young people in social care. Her writing experience thus far has been teaching creative writing to her pupils but since leaving teaching she has endeavoured to ‘put her money where her mouth is’ and create her own stories.


Highly Commended: 

Laura Darling - Highly Commended 2016Laura Darling works as an illustrator and artist-educator in Dundee. She studied Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art, gaining a 1st Class BA (Hons) in 2007, later returning to achieve an MA in Illustration in 2014. Laura writes and draws every day and her work is influenced by a love of story-telling and observational humour. Her favourite pastime is procrastinating. www.darlingbyname.com Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @darlingbyname


Ethyl SmithEthyl Smith is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde Novel Writing course and the Stirling University MLitt Creative Writing course. She has had numerous short stories published in a range of publications, including, Scottish Field, Spilling Ink, Stirling Collective Anthology, Mistaken Identities Anthology (edited by James Robertson) and Gutter Magazine. Ethyl is also winner of the Dragon’s Pen for Mixing The Colours, from Glasgow Women’s Library.


2015 Winner

Emily-Ilett-webEmily Ilett was the 2015 winner.

Emily Ilett
Originally from North Yorkshire, Emily Ilett moved to Scotland to study Environmental Art and Sculpture at The Glasgow School of Art.  After her studies she remained in Glasgow and is currently on the MLitt Creative Writing course at Glasgow University.  She has exhibited locally and internationally and her writing has been published in The Island Review, Litro Magazine, Popshot Magazine and 2HB.  At the moment she is working on a collection of children’s stories set on an imaginary island.

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