APPLY for RSL Literature Matters Awards 2023 for UK writers (up to £20,000)

The RSL Literature Matters Awards 2023 are now accepting applications. The RSL Literature Matters Awards are designed to recognize and encourage literary quality and creativity. The Awards are granted to individual writers or other literary producers each year, following an open request for applications, to recognize their past achievements and provide financial support to begin a planned new piece of literature or literary endeavor.

Priority will be given to suggestions that will help connect with audiences or themes outside of literature’s traditional reach, and/or will help spark public conversation about why literature matters.” The project could be a piece of writing, a publication, an event, or a performance.


  • Applicants must be permanent UK residents. They are unable to offer grants to citizens of the UK living abroad.
  • The person applying should be a writer or other literary creator with a successful track record to indicate the proposal is likely to succeed. They accept applications from small groups or colloborations/collectives of writers, but not from organisations, this includes publishers, presses, registered charities, CICs and companies.
  • Applicants must be 18 or over at the time of application.
  • You must be in need of the funding to carry out the proposal and be able to demonstrate this and how the money would be used.
  • Anyone who has received any Royal Society of Literature (RSL) Award or Prize (not including Fellowship) in the last two years may not enter.
  • They welcome partnership with organisations but if the project is dependent on their involvement, you must have already confirmed with them that they are willing to collaborate with you.
  • Projects will need to be safe, demonstrable and actionable, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You must show that you have taken this into consideration in your application, ensuring the safety of all participants and feasibility of delivering the project should circumstances change.
  • Current members of RSL staff and trustees are not eligible to apply.

Duration and Benefits: A total of £20,000 is available – this will be split across a number of projects, which will be chosen by the judges. The winners will be announced in October 2023.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should apply using the button below or click this link

Deadline: July 28th, 2023

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