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Announcing the Poetry School MA in Writing Poetry Scholarship 2024

We’re delighted to announce the Poetry School MA in Writing Poetry Scholarship 2024 for an underrepresented poet. Poetry School is offering a full fees scholarship award to the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry for an outstanding applicant who is currently underrepresented in the poetry world.

By underrepresented poets, we mean talented creatives who face barriers to opportunities due to mental health issues, physical health/disability, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, neurodivergence, substance misuse, survivors of abuse, working class and low-income backgrounds, and those from the LGBTQIA+, and Black, Asian and global majority communities or traveller communities*.

This accredited MA uniquely combines masterclasses, workshops, and individual teaching with a core footing in the professional poetry world, encompassing all aspects of creative practice. There is expert tuition from nationally and internationally renowned poets Glyn Maxwell and Meryl Pugh and additional guest tutors throughout the year. Students come together for a one-week summer school in July, alternating between London and Newcastle each year.

The Scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis to an applicant who has applied for 2024/25 entry to the MA in Writing Poetry and has selected to study in London at Poetry School. The funding is for both years of the two-year MA course. Funding for the second year is released on satisfactory completion of the first year, including regular attendance and commitment to the programme.

To apply for the scholarship, please first apply for the course here: application to the MA in Writing Poetry and note in your application that you would like to be considered for the Poetry School Scholarship for underrepresented poets. Once you have submitted your application for a place on the programme, please email a 500-1000-word statement for the attention of Tessa Foley to [email protected] detailing why you are an eligible candidate for the Scholarship and would otherwise not be able to afford the course fee.

Deadline for Scholarship applications: 5pm, Friday 26 July 2024.

Contact: Tessa Foley, MA Manager at the Poetry School, at [email protected].

You can find out more about our MA in Writing Poetry on our website.

There is other funding available for MA in Writing Poetry students. Details of these are available here:

*This definition is taken from the Creative Future website (with permission).

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