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Writing Awards

Spread the Word has partnered with Wellcome Collection to launch an ambitious project aiming to find and support  writers from underrepresented groups, who have a big idea for a non-fiction book for general readers, that engages with health and being human. Applications will be open from 18 October, with a free Zoom Q&A for potential applicants on 27 October.

Applications are open to writers who identify as: 

  • D/deaf, disabled, and/or neurodivergent and/or 

  • Black, Asian, or Global Majority* 

  • Unpublished or have not published or self-published a non-fiction book(s) 

  • Unagented  

  • Aged 18+ 

  • Full-time resident in the UK

*Global Majority defined as Black, Indigenous and people of colour. 

The programme will offer the selected writers:  

  • A £2,000 bursary 

  • Insight and Industry days 

  • Mentoring by a published author 

  • Mentoring by a non-fiction editor 

  • An induction to Wellcome Collection, its library and resources 

  • 1:1 sessions with Wellcome Collection’s team, including the publishing team, library research specialists and Stories editorial team 

  • The chance to be published by Wellcome Collection  

  • Four workshops on writing non-fiction 

  • Meeting with an agent 

  • Travel and Access fund as required  

We will be looking for applications from writers who have considered writing non-fiction for a general audience but have not had the guidance and support to develop their ideas. We will be offering up to 6 places on a five-month development programme that will run from February to June 2022. The programme will be judged by Dr Annabel Sowemimo, Dr Camilla Pang and Raymond Antrobus.  

Applications will open on Monday 18 October and close at 5pm on Monday 22 November. There will be an application pack to download. Submissions will be managed through Spread the Word’s Submittable with options to enter in written, audio and video formats. There will be a BSL-interpreted Zoom seminar on Wednesday 27 October, 7pm-8pm with more information and a Q&A on applications. Please visit our Workshops & Events page for more details. 

Photo: Ben Gilbert, Wellcome Collection


Dr Camilla Pang

Dr Annabel Sowemimo

Raymond Antrobus