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Applying to the programme

Applying to the programme

The annual Genesis Emerging Writers’ Programme covers fiction, non-fiction and poetry and includes bursaries, mentoring, peer support and an event at London’s longest-running literary festival.

Applications are now closed for the 2023-24 programme. Applications for the next programme will open on 1 April 2024, and close on 31 May 2024.

The Programme is open to emerging writers over 18 years of age and living in the UK with no more than three years’ experience of being published. Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project with the aim of publication. For full details on how to apply, please email

About the Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 20 years the Foundation has donated more than £20 million to the arts. Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience. Its main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, LAMDA and The Sixteen, and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional.