Our Voices: a development programme for emerging prose writers

Our Voices

Applications closed

Applications to this programme are now closed.


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.

About the programme

Our Voices is a pilot manuscript feedback scheme run by Creative Scotland and the Association of Scottish Literary Agents (ASLA).

Through this partnership, in 2020-21 we aim to support around 40 unpublished writers from underrepresented communities to develop their first book-length fiction and creative non-fiction aimed at a commercial publishing market. We will do this through two Open Calls for applications. Applications for Round 1 closed in February 2021 and 23 writers were selected to receive feedback.

If selected, you’ll receive written feedback on the synopsis and first three chapters of your book-in progress from a member of the Association of Scottish Literary Agents.  You will also have the chance to discuss the feedback and your ambitions as a writer in a 30 minute one-to-one with them. This will be offered by 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We particularly welcome applications from unpublished writers who identify as disabled, LGBTQ+, care-experienced, BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic), and/or from a low-income household.

Download the guidance notes

Our Voices Guidance Notes

Download the guidance notes in PDF format.

Apply online

Applications are now closed.

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