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Our Voices: a development programme for emerging prose writers

Our Voices

Applications closed

Applications for Round 1 closed on 12 February 2021. Round 2 will open for applications in May 2021.

About the programme

Feedback on your book-in-progress at the right time can help you understand the strengths of your writing, how to structure your first book, and the steps you can take to edit and improve it for future publication.

Our Voices aims to develop the writing of emerging writers from under-represented communities who might not otherwise be able to access this kind of professional support as they work towards a full draft of their first book and consider their next steps in building a career as a writer.

If selected, you’ll receive written feedback on the synopsis and first three chapters (or 20,000 words) of your book-in progress from a member of the Association of Scottish Literary Agents. You’ll also have the chance to discuss the feedback and your ambitions as a writer in a 30 minute one-to-one with them (via telephone or Zoom, with access support available).

Watch this intro video to find out all about the programme, with Literature Officer Viccy Adams.

Who should apply

This pilot programme will look to support around 40 emerging writers from under-represented communities. We are seeking applications from those who have begun to write their first book, who are ready to respond to professional feedback on their writing and would like an opportunity to discuss their ambitions as writers.

We particularly welcome applications from unpublished writers who identify as disabled, LGBTQ+, care-experienced, BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic), and/or from a low-income household.

How to apply

For full information on the programme, download the guidance notes then follow the link to begin your application online.

Applications for Round 1 closed on 12 February 2021. Round 2 will open for applications in May 2021.

If you have any access needs related to this application and opportunity, please contact Viccy Adams to discuss by emailing viccy.adams@creativescotland.com

Download the guidance notes

Our Voices Guidance Notes

Download the guidance notes in PDF format.


Ready to apply? Once you've read through the guidance, visit our online portal to get started with your application:

Apply to Our Voices using the online portal