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Do you support self-publishing?

No, the Open Project Fund for Individuals cannot support authors or other creators for projects or activity that includes plans to:self-publish trade books promote self-published trade books via events, touring or other provision such as school workshops undertake development of trade books ultimately intended for self-publication. Publishers are considered to be organisations, and as such are not eligible to make an application to the Open Fund for Individuals. They should look at the information available on our website about other Funding Programmes currently accepting applications, including the Open Fund for Organisations. What is self-publishing? Self-publishing means that your book is published on your own initiative, and is not commissioned by (...)Read more

My book has been published by an established trade house and therefore is not self-published, but I have been asked to contribute to reprint/indexing/other costs for a new edition. May I apply?

It is not good practice for a publishing house to seek financial contribution from its author(s) and we cannot support you with such costs through any of our funding programmes, including the Open Fund for Individuals. We are not able to support applications for you to re-acquiring your backlist from your publisher. Read more

Can I apply to the Open Fund for Individuals for support to write a book?

In 2019, we conducted an in-depth funding review, which provided us with a great many insights on what the sector needed from us. We took time to consider the feedback from individuals on how they would like their relationship with us to be, and we talked to colleagues within Creative Scotland to consider how we might make changes to our funding approach, whilst still collecting all the information we need to make fair decisions.  Unfortunately the COVID pandemic delayed these plans – at a time when support for the arts and creative sector was so crucial, we made the decision to make minimal changes in 2020 (...)Read more

Can I apply to the Open Fund for Individuals for support for any kind of creative writing?

Yes, so long as your plans also meet the other criteria for this fund outlined in the Guidance for Applicants. The writers we have previously supported to develop through the Open Fund include those experimenting with poetry, graphic creative non-fiction and graphic fiction, hybrid works of prose and poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction: for adults and for children. We are also able to support applications from other types of writers, including Spoken Word Artists and Performance Poets looking to develop themselves and create new work not intended for the page. You might also be looking to support your development as (...)Read more