The Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers’ programme is open to emerging writers over 18 years of age and living in the UK with no more than three years’ experience of being published, who feel they would benefit from the support and insight of a more established writer.

Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project, with the aim of publication, and should be committed to participating fully in all sessions offered by the programme.

Ten awards are available, providing each successful applicant with up to eight hours of one-to-one mentoring over the course of nine months, as well as ten 90-minute masterclasses, peer support sessions and a bursary of up to £1,500.

The Programme runs from 1 July 2021 to 1 March 2022. Grants will be made to successful applications on receipt of bank details. The programme of mentorship is designed to take place online and/or in person, depending on the preference of the selected writer and their mentor. Group sessions are designed to take place online so that the programme is accessible to all.

The theme for the 2021 Genesis Emerging Writers Programme is ‘Beginnings’. The project that you intend to work on during the time of the Programme must refer to the theme of ‘Beginnings’.

Applications close at 11.59pm on 31st May 2021.

Mentors for the 2021 Genesis Emerging Writers Programme are Tracy Chevalier, Sophie Herxheimer, Sam Leith, Benjamin Markovits, A D Miller, Caroline Moorehead, Kavita Puri, George Prochnik, Cathy Rentzenbrink and George Szirtes.  

Further essential information, including full submission guidelines, can be found at the Genesis Jewish Book Week website. 

About the Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 20 years the Foundation has donated more than £20million to the arts. Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience. Its main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, LAMDA and The Sixteen, and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional.