RSL Literature Matters Awards 2023 Application Form

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The RSL Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation. Each year, after an open call for proposals, the Awards are given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project.

Priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters.

Please ensure that you have read and understood the eligibility and guidelines prior to completing your application.

We advise you to prepare your responses in a Word document and then copy and paste them into the form in case of any issues while filling it out. You cannot save your progress on this form.

You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been successfully submitted. If you cannot see this, it is possible that your submission has not been received. If you have checked your junk folder and haven't had this or are unable to complete this form for any reason or have any queries, please contact Laura Sibbald.

Applications will only be accepted via the form below and must be submitted by Friday 28 July at 5pm.

1. Applicant Details

Please provide the name you work under (we will only ask for your legal name if you win in order to transfer funds)
Please provide an email address for the lead applicant
Please provide a phone number for the lead applicant
Please provide an address for the lead applicant. Only UK residents are eligible to apply for the Awards
Please select an option from the box above to let us know how you heard about the Awards

2. Your Experience

Please summarise your literary achievements and other relevant experience. Do not include any links

3. Your Proposal

Please give the name of your project
Please give a one-line summary of your project, explaining what it involves and the format if relevant e.g. play, workshop, pamphlet
Please tell us what you intend to do with an RSL Literature Matters Award
Please tell us how you will you generate discussion on why literature matters and/or how you will reach an audience beyond the usual literary sphere
Please outline the proposed project timeline, with each major activity/milestone on a new line, including the expected date for the activity
Please give the date on which you expect to complete the project. This should be no later than October 2024. You will need to take the date of the Awards being granted (October 2023) into consideration as monies will not be available prior to this

4. Finances

Please give a brief overview of your financial circumstances
Please state how much you are applying for, taking into consideration that the provision for all of the Awards is £20,000 and we intend to fund a number of projects (last year there were seven winning projects)
Please provide a breakdown of all expenditure for the project, stating the type (e.g. venue hire - artist fees, travel) and cost, with each item on a new line
Please add up all expenditure listed in the previous section and input the total here
Please list any earned or expected income for the project, stating the type (e.g. ticket sales, other funding) and cost of each, listing each item on a new line. If you are producing materials, such as pamphlets or books, please explain how these will be distributed. Not all projects will have income so you can leave this blank if you do not have any additional funding. If you are planning to publish a book you are writing, please state whether you have a contract with a publisher in place for this. If you have applied for other sources of income but these have not yet been secured, please list them and when you expect them to be confirmed, as well as how you will manage the project if these are unsuccessful.
Please add up any income listed in the previous section (not including the amount requested from the RSL) and input the total here. If no additional income is expected, please input 0

Your budget must balance so your income (total income given above + amount requested from the RSL) needs to be the same as your expenditure. Expenditure - income should result in a final balance of ’0’, if it is not, please go back and check your workings

5. Declarations

Please ensure that you have checked your application prior to submitting as it cannot be amended after this point.