In our December awards round we’ve distributed more than £125,000 to authors towards their works in progress.
Completing a book can be a mammoth task and not many authors have the luxury of unrestricted time and resources for writing and research.
That’s why each June and December we distribute money to authors to help them complete their work. This week, we sent a share of more than £125,000 to 36 successful applicants.
It was on Twitter that we saw the first signs that the cheques had arrived.
I’m delighted & extremely grateful to discover I have won the @Soc_of_Authors‘ Roger Deakin Award for my forthcoming work THE GALLOWS POLE.
— Benjamin Myers (@BenMyers1) December 22, 2016
Chufty badge on today. Received the 2016 K Blundell Trust Award to help complete my novel. Thank you @Soc_of_Authors – I feel like Tiny Tim.
— Adelle Stripe (@adellestripe) December 22, 2016
— Harry Gallon (@hcagallon) December 23, 2016
— Anthony Sattin (@anthonysattin) December 22, 2016
Over the moon to have received an Authors’ Foundation award from @Soc_of_Authors for my book ‘The Old Man and the Sandeel’ (out in summer!)
— Will Millard (@MillardWill) December 22, 2016
Excited &encouraged to have been awarded a @Soc_of_Authors Authors’ Foundation award. What a lovely letter to receive just before Christmas!
— Daniel Ingram-Brown (@daningrambrown) December 22, 2016
As we received these and other messages from the first recipients, Awards Secretary Paula Johnson said:
“We’re proud that the Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust help writers write. Congratulations to all the successful applicants and save the date – the next round of grants is open to writers now with an application deadline of April 30th 2017.”
About the awards
The Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust award grants twice yearly to writers whose work of fiction or non-fiction is for a British publisher. Our grants assist with research costs or give authors valuable time to complete work. The K Blundell Trust gives grants of up to £6,000 to British authors under the age of 40 whose work aims to increase social awareness.
Our annual deadlines for Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust awards are 30 April and 30 September.