Discovering a New Voice: Saltire Bursary 2016

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Saltire Bursary 2016 is Annie George. Click here to find out more and read a writing sample

The three shortlisted writers for the Saltire Bursary 2016 are Chin Li, Nathanael Williams and Jameela Muneer.


Discovering a New Voice: Saltire Bursary 2016 is now closed for applications.

Scottish Book Trust is collaborating with the Saltire Society on a bursary to discover an emerging minority ethnic voice in fiction, poetry or spoken word.

Through audience research and consultation with writers, Scottish Book Trust has identified that its current opportunities and programmes need to reach more people from minority ethnic communities. The lack of diversity in the publishing industry and the arts has an impact on the literature available to readers and potential writers. Everyone should be represented in literature and literature should reflect the diverse range of voices in our society.

The successful awardee will receive:

  • A £2000 bursary to be presented at the Saltire Awards 2016
  • Manuscript appraisal (or equivalent)
  • Meeting with a literary agent during Book Week Scotland (21 – 27 November 2016)
  • Meeting with a publisher from the Saltire Publisher of the Year award list
  • Reasonable travel expenses

The successful awardee will be expected to:

  • Attend the Saltire ceremony (November 2016)
  • Write a blog for Scottish Book Trust
  • Write a blog (or alternative social media input) for the Saltire Society
  • Make themselves available to the press and broadcast media before, during and immediately after the bursary, and to Scottish Book Trust for podcast/videocast and other marketing activities

Judging panel

We are delighted to confirm that the judging panel for the Saltire Bursary 2016: Chitra Ramaswamy (author of Expecting), Asif Khan (Director of the Scottish Poetry Library) and Amina Shah (Director of Programme at Scottish Book Trust).

This bursary has been created following evaluative research and in consultation with writers. We understand that there are many people face barriers to accessing our programmes and we are keen to support everyone.

We are always happy to hear from people with suggestions. Please contact if you would like to suggest a future bursary or addition to our programme to ensure your community can access the work we do.