The Spring Writing Fellowship (SWF) 2024

The Sprinng Writing Fellowship (SWF) is an intensive 6-week online mentorship program for developing Nigerian, Ghanaian, Liberian, and South African writer with great potential and willingness to learn.

This writing fellowship focuses on 6 genres of literature: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Book Review, Play/Drama, and Blogging. During the 6 weeks, mentees will be in contact with their mentors, sending them their works and getting reviews and commentaries. Mentors and mentees will aim to work on at least 1 piece of writing in their select genre per week. The Sprinng Writing Fellowship is only open to writers (18-25) who have not published a book before (eBook/hardcopy).

The medium of communication between the mentors and mentees throughout this program will be via email, phone calls, WhatsApp, and text messages. In addition, all mentees will be provided weekly airtime during the program.

Sprinng is collaborating with Pepper Coast Literary to help enhance the fellowship visibility this year. In the past years, SprinNG has collaborated with the Contemporary Ghanaian Writers Series (CGWS) and Botsotso to spotlight the fellowship’s expansion.

Please watch the video below for tips on submitting a successful application and to hear more about fellows’ experiences.

The Fellowship

  • June 1 – July 15: Fellowship Period
  • The mentorship program is normally designed to take place over 5 weeks (June 1 – July 7). However, a grace period of one week (July 7 – July 14) has been added for any mentor who is interested in extending the program beyond 5 weeks.
  • July 15 – 20: Programme rounds up
  • August: Mentees’ profiles and program reports will be released
  • December: Publication of mentees anthology

Fellowship Eligibility

  • Must be a Nigerian, Ghanaian, Liberian, or South African citizen
  • Must reside in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, or South Africa
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 25
  • Have not published a book before (eBook/chapbook/hardcopy)

Selection Criteria

  1. We are searching for Nigerian/Ghanaian/South African/Liberian writers who are goal-oriented and have the potential to develop. In selecting the mentees for the fellowship, we will consider the following:
  2. Writers with POTENTIAL: Applicants must have basic writing skills and show the potential to develop.
  3. Writers who are OPEN-MINDED: Applicants must demonstrate the will to receive constructive feedback.
  4. Writers that are AMBITIOUS: Applicants must show passion and interest in developing their writing.

Apply Here

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