What counts as ‘costs of publication’? 

Grants cannot be awarded to help towards publication costs. These type of costs are anything that should be covered by your publisher, which includes but is not restricted to: 

  • Image rights 
  • Cover design 
  • Employing an editor or proof-reader 
  • Printing or buying copies of your book from the publisher 

If you are unsure please contact us at funding@societyofauthors.org and we will be happy to discuss the specifics of your application with you.  

 

Can a grant be used for a mentorship or a retreat? 

Yes, but this mentor support must be used by you to work specifically on your work in progress and not more generally for honing your craft. The Society of Authors also offers general grants for residential stays

 

What should the focus of my application be? 

The most important part of your application is the description of your work in progress. The assessors will make their decision on the merit of your work and so you should use this section to explain what you’re working on and why you believe it is important. 

 

Can I apply for funds retrospectively for costs already incurred? 

You are still eligible for the fund, but it is recommended to apply for funding in advance of incurring any costs.  

 

Is there a word count for the application? 

No, there is no maximum word count, but applications should be a maximum of ten pages including any reviews, letters of support, or writing samples. 

 

Can I apply to the K Blundell Trust with my debut work? 

No. As part of your application to the K Blundell Trust you must send your most recently published book to the Society of Authors for the assessors to read. If you need this copy returned to you, please also include an SAE. We are also able accept this in ebook format. 

 

If I am unsuccessful, when can I next reapply? 

We ask all applicants to wait until the next calendar year before reapplying. This is because the assessing panel changes every year and it prevents you from applying to the same panel twice.  

 

If I am successful, when can I next reapply? 

All successful applicants must wait four years before re-applying to the Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust again. 

 

If I have previously been awarded a grant, does that affect the likelihood of my being successful again? 

No. 

 

If I am unsuccessful, will I be notified and will I be given feedback on my application? 

All applicants will be contacted with the decision of the assessors, whether successful or not, but we’re unable to give individual feedback on applications. 

 

Will a list of successful applicants be made public? 

No, all grant applications are treated as confidential throughout the entire process. However, we do ask some successful applicants if they are willing to have details of their grant and project shared, and this information will appear on our website. You can read details from the Spring 2019 here.  

 

Does the amount of money I ask for affect the likelihood of my receiving a grant? 

No, though it may be that the grant you receive is smaller than the amount you ask for, simply due to the high volume of applications the fund receives. 

 

Am I more likely to receive a grant if I have a contract with a publisher? 

No, as long the application is submitted with the confidence that your work in progress will find a publisher once completed. 

 

When can I expect to hear back?

If you have entered the Spring round of applications (deadline: 1 April) we will contact you in August, if you have entered the Autumn round of applications (deadline: 1 September) we will contact you in December. If for any reason we are not able to keep to this timetable we will notify all applicants accordingly. 

 

Will I receive a notification that my application has been received? 

Yes, we will reply to your email to let you know it has arrived safely with us. If for any reason you are ineligible for the fund, we will contact you immediately to let you know so that you don’t have to wait until the assessment period is completed. 

 

Can I apply for more than one project? 

No, you may only apply to the fund once each year and your application should be focused on a single work in progress. 

 

What are appropriate uses of the funding? 

Funding can be used for any of the following: 

  • Time to write – such as taking time off from freelance or other paid work in order to write. 
  • Basic living costs – the fund can be used for rent, utilities, childcare costs etc. while you are writing 
  • Research trips – any location or archival research. 

If you are unsure about your plans for funding please get in touch with us at funding@societyofauthors.org and we’ll be happy to discuss the specifics of your application with you. 

 

How much detail do I need to give regarding my financial situation? 

The most important part of your application should be the description of your work in progress but details of your financial situation should outline why it is necessary for you to apply to the Authors’ Foundation and why the costs of writing or research cannot be met without the support of a grant.  

 

Can I apply for a specific grant, such as the Antonia Fraser Award or the Roger Deakin Award? 

The assessors will check all applications to see if the projects submitted fit with any of our specific awards. However, if you think your application is particularly suited to any of the awards please do mention this in your application. A full list of our specific awards can be found here.  

 

Can I apply with my co-author? 

Yes, co-authors can apply to the fund as long as they fulfil all other eligibility criteria. If you are applying with a co-author please send one application for your work in progress from both of you.