The 2023 SprinNG Writing Fellowship




The SprinNG Writing Fellowship is now open to South African Writers

193 Graduating SprinNG Mentees matched with 60+ Mentors (2018 – 2022).

We are elated to announce that SprinNG, in collaboration with Botsotso, has expanded its Writing Fellowship to South Africa. This year, South African writers who are looking to develop their creative writing skills can now apply to participate in the SprinNG Writing Fellowship. The SprinNG Writing Fellowship (SWF) is an intensive 6-week online mentorship programme for developing South African, Ghanaian, and Nigerian writers with great potential and willingness to learn.

This fellowship focuses on 6 genres of literature: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Book Review, Play/Drama, and Blogging. During the 6 weeks, mentees will be in contact with their mentors, sending them their works and getting reviews and commentaries. Mentors and mentees will aim to work on at least 1 piece of writing in their select genre per week. The SprinNG Creative Writing Fellowship is only open to writers that have not published a book before (eBook/hardcopy).

The medium of communication between the mentors and mentees throughout this programme will be via email, phone calls, WhatsApp, and text messages.

Botsotso is happy to be collaborating with SprinNG in their mission to enhance the fellowship’s visibility.

Fellowship Eligibility

– Applicant Must be a South African, Ghanaian, or Nigerian residing in South Africa, Ghana, or Nigeria.
– Applicant Must be between the ages 18 to 25
– The SprinNG Writing Fellowship is only open to writers that have not published a book before (eBook/chapbook/hardcopy)

Fellowship Application

Application to be a mentee in the 2023 SprinNG Fellowship is currently open and will close on May 10, 2023 (only for South African applicants).  CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Fellowship Timeline

April: Mentors will be announced
May 10: Applications close for South African Applicants
May 15: Finalists will be notified
May 21: Mentees and mentors will be paired

The Fellowship

June 1 – July 15: Fellowship Period

The mentorship programme is normally designed to take place over 5 weeks (June 1 – July 7). However, a grace period of one week (July 7 – July 14) has been added for any mentor interested in extending the programme beyond 5 weeks.

July 15 – 20: Programme rounds up

August: Mentees’ profiles and programme reports will be released

December: Publication of mentees’ anthology

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We are searching for South African/Ghanaian/Nigerian writers who are goal-oriented and have the potential to develop. In selecting the mentees for the fellowship, we will consider the following:

Writers with POTENTIAL:
Applicants must have basic writing skills but show the potential to develop. This fellowship is for writers who need guidance to develop.

Writers who are OPEN-MINDED:
Applicants must demonstrate the will to receive constructive feedback.

Writers who are AMBITIOUS:
Applicants must show passion and interest in developing their writing.


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