Milford Bursaries – Announcement

In 2019 we have two funded places for published science fiction and fantasy writers of colour to attend Milford SF Writers’ Conference in September 2019. The applications opened in September 2018 and closed at the end of February 2019.

We are very pleased to announce this year’s bursary recipients are Russell Smith from Chesham, Bucks, and Joel Jacob from Laguna, Philippines.

JoelJoel Donato Jacob writes: I am a fantasy novelist. I am working on a story about young people who live in a world inspired by pre-Hispanic Philippines. Particularly, the story is set in a place inspired by the lost kingdom of Ma’I over which my home town of Los Baños now stands. In this secondary world, colonizers never came and pushed the indigenous civilizations to the mountains. The colonizers never came to burn our stories, or kill or vilify our oral historians. They never came to replace our narratives that empowered people that did not identify as male with a binary Catholic narrative.  In this world, the Filipinos didn’t need to have been corrected or saved for their barbaric ways by the white messiahs of Europe.


Russ Smith sqRussell Smith writes: I have not often had writing groups outside my course critique group when I was doing my Masters back in 2002. Some of this has been momentum and some of it has been simply that I’ve had time constraints which have meant sending straight to the publishing editor without much chance to circulate the work. I had in practice become rather shy of sharing my work for critique outside trusted circles through all of this and seeing as I do not have these channels as such at the moment, it would be beneficial for me to get back into it this way.


We look forward to welcoming Jacob and Russell to Milford 2019.

Our orevious bursary recipients are Suyi Davies Okungbowa from Nigeria (2017), Dolly Garland from London (2017). Nisi Shawl, from the USA (2018), and Rochita Loenen Ruiz from the Netherlands (2018).



About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (, the secretary of Milford SF Writers (, a singer ( and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers ( She's also a Home Office / UK Visas and Immigration department licensed sponsor processing UK work permits (Certificates of Sponsorship).
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