The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship opens for entry

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The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship is now open for entry until 31 March 2017.

This creative writing fellowship offers a published writer from the North of England £2,000 in order to fund a period of writing and research away from home.

The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship exists to remember the late writer Julia Darling. Established in 2015, the fellowship has so far supported the novelist Chloe Daykin to travel to Norway to research her second novel and the short story writer Michelle Green to support time to write in Hayling Island, which lies in a bay off the south coast of England.

Julia Darling’s work encompassed a wide range of forms from plays and novels to poetry and performance. She was an exceptional artist with a unique and humorous voice that engaged readers even when her work explored her declining health and ultimate death from cancer.

Julia was also a kind and generous writer who went out of her way to support and encourage many other writers to develop their work and their creativity. This fellowship is inspired by Julia’s love of travel and by the appreciation that she had of writing away from home, whether that was at creative retreats in the wilderness or in rented houses at the seaside.

The fellowship is worth £2,000 and is supported by a wide range of Julia’s friends and family, including many leading writers.

Actress Charlie Hardwick, writers Jo Shapcott and Margaret Wilkinson, and Julia Darling’s partner Bev Robinson will judge entries to the award scheme.

The fellowship can be used to fund travel and accommodation in the UK and internationally. The fellowship will also support group applications by writers who would like to undertake joint residential retreats (something that Julia valued).

The fellowship is open to novelists, poets and playwrights over the age of 18, who live and work in the north of England who have at least one professionally produced or published work to their name. The fellowship is for activity that takes place between June 2017 and May 2018.

To apply writers must write a brief description (up to 500 words) of how they would like to use the resource to advance their creative work, a short biography (up to 300 words) and state why now would be a good time for them to receive support (up to 300 words). To apply visit go to The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship project page. Entry is by online submission only.

The Fellowship opens for applications on: Thursday 16 February 2017 and the deadline for submissions is Friday 31 March 2017.

The fellowship will be announced in May 2017.