Today I was emailed a press release from the Scottish Book Trust saying applications for the New Writers Awards 2011/12 are now open.

Which is just as well, because I’d forgotten all about it even though it’s something I should almost certainly apply for.

The New Writers Awards scheme was started up by Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland in 2008 with the aim of providing 8 unpublished writers with the financial support to let them concentrate on their work for a bit.  Each recipient gets a cash award of £2,000 and nine months working with a professional mentor, which is very exciting and potentially life changing.

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