Resources for writers experiencing barriers to publication because of illness or disability. General info is also included, but we’ve prioritised help for low-income or marginalised writers.

Grants, Awards & Bursaries 

ACE Project Grants – new Arts Council England funding opportunity
ACE DYCP – Developing Your Creative Practice, Arts Council England
ACE Free Reads – bursary scheme run by The Literary Consultancy
Author’s Foundation Grants – for commissioned or published writers
BBC Writers’ Room Opportunities – regularly updated news section
Creative Future Writers’ Award – for under-represented writers
Creative Scotland – funds for writers and artists
David T.K. Wong Fellowship – UEA award for writing on the Far East
Deborah Rogers Foundation – £10,000 for a first-time prose writer
Eric Gregory Awards – for poets under 30
Grants for Writers – run by the Society of Authors 
K Blundell Trust – for authors under 40 who need support 
Lar Cassidy Award – for writers of experimental fiction
Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries – for writers resident in Wales 
Northern Rock Foundation Award – for writers in the North East
PAWS Drama Script Fund – for science/tech TV writers 
Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme – for those sponsored by a theatre
Peggy Ramsay Foundation – for writers for the stage
Society of Author Awards – major national awards for writers
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – list of awards
TA First Translation Prize – £2,000 for literary translation into English


Other Bursaries

Arvon – residential creative writing retreats in rural writing houses
Bridport Prize – help with entry fees
Comma Press Short Story Course – bursaries available
Creative Writing Scholarships – funded degrees in the UK and US
Faber Academy Scholarship – funded places for Faber courses
Hawthornden Castle – longstanding fellowships available
Jane Fallon Scholarship – funding for a Curtis Brown novel course
Megaphone – encouraging BAME voices in children’s literature
Moniack Mhor Bursaries – funded places at Scottish writing retreat
Mslexia Donate an Entry – buy an entry fee for a writer
National Centre for Writing – various bursaries in Norwich
New Writing South – bursaries for marginalised writers
Word Factory – free mentorships
Winchester Writers’ Festival – bursaries, closed for 2019
Writer’s Holiday – Fishguard retreat, pay by instalments
Writers’ HQ – bursaries, sponsor a writer scheme


Free Courses with FutureLearn

An Introduction to the Humanities 
Culture in the Digital Age 
Effective Fundraising and Leadership 
Exploring English: Shakespeare 
Start Writing Fiction 
UEA Introduction to Screenwriting 
Understanding Diversity and Inclusion 


Charitable Help

Authors’ Contingency Fund – for professional writers in need
Francis Head Bequest – for writers over 35 experiencing ill health
Journalists’ Charity – for accredited journalists in need
The Royal Literary Fund – for published writers in need
Turn2Us – national organisation fighting poverty



BBC Academy – podcasts, blogs and more
BBC World Book Club – global names discussing books
The Bestseller Experiment – all aspects of publishing
Distraction Pieces – Scroobius Pip podcast
Financial Times Politics – UK political podcast
Free Word Podcasts – championing the next generation
Guardian Books Podcast – all things bookish from the Guardian
How to Fail Podcast – how we fail and what it teaches you
KCRW Bookworm – Michael Silverblatt’s podcast
KM Weiland – archive of writing advice
Lit Up – the power of stories
London Review Bookshop Podcast – live recordings of book events
Lore – horror podcast
Mostly Lit – books, pop culture and wellness
New Yorker Fiction Podcast – celebrity readings of famous stories
The No Sleep Podcast – horror
No Such Thing as a Fish – from the writers of QI
Poetry Exchange – poetry podcast
Poetry Society – podcast and audio poetry
Radio 4 Open Book – with Mariella Frostrup
Radio 4 Book Club – author interviews and reviews
Reasons to be Cheerful – smart thinkers from around the world
Scriptnotes – all things screenwriting
Song Exploder – the story behind songs
Times Literary Supplement – podcast rounding up the week
Twenty Thousand Hertz – a look at sound
The Worried Writer – for the timid among us
Writing Excuses – fast-paced podcast by writers for writers

Useful Sites

Aerogramme – books, writing, news, submissions
Alliance of Independent Authors  – self-publishing advice, directory
Apples and Snakes – leading organisation for performance poetry
Arts Emergency – creative industry mentoring for young people
Arts Jobs – job listings via Arts Council England 
The Bookseller  – book trade news
BookBrunch – book trade updates and profiles
Brainpickings – thought-provoking essays on modern life
British Centre for Literary Translation  – leading centre in UK
Carousel – arts org for people with learning disabilities
Charity Connect
– online forum for charity professionals
Creative Access – places BAME interns in publishing
Creative Choices – jobs, advice, articles, blogs
Disability Arts Online – useful directories and profiles
English PEN – outreach work in disadvantaged communities
First Story – placing professional writers in secondary schools
Fleeting Books – manuscript appraisal
Free Word  – international org dedicated to free expression
Inclusive Minds – promoting diversity in children’s literature
Lapidus – writing for wellbeing
Media Diversified – BAME representation in the media
Mslexia – championing women writers
Myriad Editions – literary fiction, graphic novels, feminist non-fiction
National Association of Writers in Education – resources, directory
Nightjar Press – limited edition short fiction chapbooks
Outside in World – global children’s literature platform
Paul McVeigh – competitions, opportunities and free reads
Poetry Foundation – Poetry Magazine and US organisation
The Poetry School – tuition opportunities in poetry
Pride in Publishing – LGBTQ+ publishing network
Royal Society of Literature – run by writers for writers
Screen Skills – screen-based creative industries
Short Stops – short story celebration
Society of Authors – trade union for writers
Spread the Word – writer development in London
Sunday Surgery Scripts – monthly development workshops
TLC Press – low-cost, practical guides for writers 
Unbound  – crowdfunding publisher
Wasafiri – singing the stories of everywhere
Word Factory – short story resources for writers


Regional & National Development

Arts Council England 
Arts Council of Ireland
Arts Council of Wales
Creative Scotland
Literature Wales
New Writing North 
New Writing South 
Scottish Arts Council 
Scottish Book Trust
Writers’ Centre Norwich 
Writing East Midlands
Writing West Midlands 


Societies, Networks and Trade Unions 

Alliance of Independent Authors – non-profit self-publishing network
Emerging Translators Network –  for early-career UK translators
English PEN – freedom of expression and removal of barriers 
Society of Authors – for writers, illustrators and translators
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – worldwide network
Society for Editors and Proofreaders – support and training
The Royal Society of Literature – run for and by writers



Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing – Self-publish on Amazon
BookBub –  free and bargain e-book bestsellers  
Matador – leading assisted self-publisher
NetGalley – read books before they are published
Unbound – crowdfunding publisher 


Residencies with Bursaries

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship

Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer in Residence Fellowship

At Sea 

Baltic Residencies: Stockholm, London, Louisville, Highlands

Cove Park Literature Residencies: Scotland

Denali National Park Artist-in-Residence Program: Alaska

Faber Residency: Catalonia

Gladstone’s Library Writers in Residence

Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program: Whidbey Island, Seattle

Hosking Houses Trust: Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Hugo House

The Ireland Funds: Monaco Residential Bursaries

Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project

Jan Michalski Foundation Treehouse Residencies: Switzerland

Jentel Artist Residency Program: Wyoming

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts: Nebraska

Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Program

Latvia: International Writers’ and Translators’ House

Ljubljana City of Literature Writer in the Park 

M Literary Residency: Beijing

MacDowell Colony Fellowships: New Hampshire

Malba Writers Residence: Buenos Aires

New York Public Library’s Cullman Center Fellowships

Norton Island Residency

Prague City of Literature Residencies

Sangam House: Nrityagram, India

The Reader Berlin

Tartu City of Literature International Residency Program

Villa Sarkia

Wales Writer in Residence

Wallace Stegner House: Eastend, Saskatchewan 

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods: Santa Cruz

Writers Omi at Ledig House, New York

Writing Between the Vines: North America


More residencies are listed at ResArtis