Creative writing prize: Wellcome Collection X Spread the Word Writing Awards


31 October 2021
Up to six under-represented writers will be supported to write non-fiction books that engage with health and being human

The new Awards are intended to support unpublished or self-published writers from under-represented groups who have ideas for non-fiction books for a general readership that tell stories of health and human experience. The Wellcome Collection is keen to address the fact that the majority of narratives around medicine and health in its collections are told from a White, Western ableist perspective by opening space for urgently needed new points of view and new voices.

Each writer selected to receive an Award will receive a bursary of £2,000, mentoring, insight and industry days, sessions with the Wellcome Collection's team, non-fiction writing workshops, a meeting with a literary agent and the chance to be published by the Wellcome Collection.

To submit, writers should be D/deaf/disabled and/or neurodivergent and/or Black, Asian or Global Minority; unpublished or self published and unagented, and a full-time UK resident. Book proposals should have a central theme that engages with medicine, health, illness or identity.

Send a 300-word eligibility statement, a 300-word book outline, an optional access statement and a writing sample up to 3,000 words.

The closing date is 22 November.

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