Milford Bursaries: Funded places for SF Writers of Colour

Go here to find out all about Milford SF conference for writers of science fiction and fantasy. Briefly, it’s a workshopping week with no tutors, just critique by fellow published writers. It’s been running in the UK since 1972, brought here from the USA by James Blish. Many well known writers have passed through Milford including Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin.

Go here for details of the Milford Bursary scheme.

“Just do it. Stop hemming and hawing, stop chewing your lip/pen/fingers and apply. If you’re Milford qualified (which means you’ve sold at least one speculative short story or novel), then book your place. If you’re Milford qualified and a writer of colour, apply for the bursary. Do it, do it, do it. It’s a fairly easy process and you have no reason not to. It’s so worth it.” – Ramya Jegatheesan

“Sept 2019 I attended the Milford Conference for science fiction writers. It was a real eye-opener and pushed me to explore exciting ways of approaching my speculative fiction. I credit a big part of this short-listing to those 5 intense but exhilarating days. Thank you Milford, and to the African Speculative Fiction Society for nominating ‘Shelter’ for the 2022 NOMMO Awards.” – Mbozi T Haimbe

Our Previous Bursary Writers

2022 Somto Iheuze, Nigeria,
2022 Ramya Jegatheesan, UK
2021 Georgina Kamsika, UK
2021 Charlotte Forfieh, UK
2019 Russell Smith, UK
2019 Mbozi T Haimbe UK
2018 Nisi Shawl, USA
2018 Rochita Loenen Ruiz, Netherlands
2017 Dolly Garland, UK
2017 Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Nigeria

Bursary applications for 2023 are now open. Closing date 28th February 2023

Bursary writers

Charlotte, Georgina and Dolly, 2021

Milford SF Writers’ Conference is offering two bursaries for self-identifying science fiction/fantasy writers of colour (BAME) to attend the September 2023 Milford SF Writers’ Conference in the UK. The location is Trigonos, Nantlle, North Wales (9 miles south of Caernarfon).

Self-identifying BAME writers from all over the world (far and near) are invited to apply as long as they write in English. Applicants must be ‘Milford qualified’ (i.e at least one SF story sale).


Each bursary will cover the cost of the conference fee and full board accommodation (i.e. room and all meals). The bursary value is approximately £900. The bursary does not cover the cost of transport to or from the conference from either inside or outside the UK. Should a successful applicant be unable to take up the offer of a bursary, there is no cash value, and no guarantee that we will be able to offer a bursary in a future year.

Thank you to all previous applicants. If you have applied unsuccessfully in the past, you are welcome to apply again. Please download the application form here with full details of how to apply. In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact the Milford secretary.

Our bursary scheme is intended to be an encouragement and not a quota. We have a limited number of bursaries available, however we operate an equal opportunities policy so all SF/F writers who are ‘Milford qualified’ are welcome to apply for the full-price Milford SF Writers’ Conference places, subject to availability.

We are delighted to say that thanks to our donors we can carry on the bursary scheme into 2023. If you are interested in helping to fund our bursary programnme for future years, please contact the secretary:

Our Milford anthology, due to be launched at Eastercon in 2023, is to raise funds to continue the bursary into 2024 and beyond.

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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 (
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