CRIMEFEST wishes to champion greater diversity and inclusion within crime fiction. In particular, we wish to support crime writers of colour to attend the convention. Therefore, CRIMEFEST is offering a bursary for next year’s convention (12 – 15 May 2022) in Bristol, UK.
Applicants must have published at least one English language book in traditional print by a British commercial publisher.
What the bursary covers
The bursary will cover the cost of a full Weekend Pass to CRIMEFEST and one night’s accommodation at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel (either the Thursday, Friday or Saturday of CRIMEFEST. The bursary will also include a guaranteed panel appearance.
Terms and conditions
The full commercial value of the bursary is approximately £325. The bursary does not cover the cost of transport to or from the convention from either inside or outside the UK, meals or any other expenses. Should a successful applicant be unable to take up the offer of the bursary, then no alternative (cash or otherwise) will be available, and no guarantee of a transfer to a future year.
How to Apply
To apply, please send an email with your name, email contact address and details of your publications, as well as a short note (max 200 words) detailing what crime fiction means to you and how you think receiving the bursary would help your crime fiction journey. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 January, 2022.
Applications will be considered in strict confidence by the CRIMEFEST co-hosts and the advisory board, consisting of Vaseem Khan and Ayo Onatade.
Vaseem Khan is the author of two award-winning crime series set in India: the Baby Ganesh Agency series set in modern Mumbai, and the Malabar House crime novels set in 1950s Bombay. In 2021, he was awarded the CWA Historical Dagger for Midnight at Malabar House.
Ayo Onatade works with Justices at the Supreme Court. She is a CWA Red Herring award winning freelance crime fiction critic, blogger and commentator. She is also an associate member of The Crime Writers’ Association.