Great writing opportunities for Scottish writers or writers with a Scottish connection!

Here are three writing opportunities for writers who ordinarily reside in Scotland or who have a Scottish connection. Each opportunity is a chance for the writer to escape his or her usual environment and be inspired by exciting new sights and cultural experiences. If you meet the criteria, why not apply? Happy 2014!

Ardtornish Writers Retreat 2014, Morvern peninsula, Scotland (the deadline for applications is this Friday, the 10th January, 2014!)


Scottish Book Trust and the Ardtornish Estate are offering a writer the chance to spend four weeks on a retreat from 31 May to 28 June, when he or she will be given the creative space to write while spending time on the spectacular Morvern peninsula.

The writer will be offered accommodation in Rose Cottage, a listed nineteenth-century sandstone building overlooking the River Aline on the estate. Additionally, the writer will be paid a bursary of £1000.

The project aims to support writing of literary excellence. Few demands will be made of the writer, who will be there to use the creative time and space for her or his own purposes.  Click here for more info.

The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2014, Grez-sur-Loing, France (the deadline for applications is 28 February, 2014)


The Scottish Book Trust are pleased to offer four residencies of one month each at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing in France. The residencies will take place in June, July, August and November 2014. The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship is supported by Creative Scotland.

Each writer will receive a month’s accommodation in a self-catering studio apartment and a bursary of £300 per week. Travel costs to and from France will be paid for.

The Fellowship allows writers to develop their work in a creatively rich and inspiring environment with the aim of making significant breakthroughs on particular projects. The residencies allow writers to escape their usual environment, with the prospect of spending time with other artists and absorbing fresh cultural experiences. Click here for more info.

University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellowship at The Pah Homestead, New Zealand, 2015 (the deadline for applications is expected to be around the end of June 2014)

PahHomestead University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellowship at The Pah Homesteadis a three-month literary residency in Auckland, New Zealand. It is open to writers of Scottish residency, background or affiliation.

In association with the University of Otago, the Wallace Arts Trust has extended its support of the arts to include the University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellowship at The Pah Homestead in Auckland – an opportunity for Scottish writers to live and work for a three-month period in New Zealand. The Fellowship aims to facilitate and encourage literary and cultural exchange between Scotland and New Zealand. It provides a fully-furnished apartment, the use of a car, and a stipend of $3,000 dollars per month. It is expected that Fellows will undertake a light schedule of readings and public appearances during their stay in New Zealand. These may include: an appearance at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival; a reading and ‘masterclass’ at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington; and a reading and ‘masterclass’ at the University of Otago’s main campus in Dunedin.

To apply for the Fellowship
: keep an eye on the university web page, applications will shortly be invited for the 2015  fellowship, which will run from April to June 2015.

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6 Responses to Great writing opportunities for Scottish writers or writers with a Scottish connection!

  1. Hi Marianne, I’ve got a dog who does Highland Dancing when I’m trying to get him to sit still and have his leash detached… does that count as a Scottish connection??? 😉

    But these look like great competitions, really worth winning. I’m looking forward to hearing that you’ve won one of them!! 🙂

    • Woof! Woof! The answer is YES that is a Scottish connection – at least as far as I ‘m concerned ;o) And, me too, regards winning one of them, although got to send in an application first!

  2. Wendy Clarke says:

    Happy New Year, Marianne. Nothing remotely Scottish about me, so I’m afraid I don’t qualify!

  3. Ruth F. Hunt says:

    Hello Marianne,
    It’s times like this I’d normally wheel my long dead Grandmother out, as a woman from Fife she’d do fine, but long dead, she is, and nor do have a (highland dancing) dog or cat.
    Great opportunities for a Scottish writer, and it’s good to see opportunities like this still exist.
    Happy New Year!
    Best wishes,

  4. Ha ha ha! I’d love a highland dancing dog! Finding enough time to write is one of the hardest things for a writer ( well, for this writer, anyway!), and so, yes, it’s great that there are still opportunities like this here and other places and long may they continue:o)

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