Literature and Well-being Writer Commissions- Wales

Literature Wales recognises the impact COVID-19 has on well-being and mental health and how it has increased loneliness and isolation for many people. Literature in all its forms can help bring people together and give voice to the voiceless during these challenging times. Literature Wales, in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales, is inviting applications from freelance writers and artists for one of four commissions worth £2,000 each:

  • To devise and deliver creative writing projects for people on low incomes with a focus on mental well-being
  • To partner with a local (voluntary/third sector) organisation experienced in supporting people on low incomes
  • To create pilot projects which can be used as good practice for future projects in other areas of Wales
  • To use digital platforms, and where appropriate physically distanced activity, to bring creative audiences and communities together through literature in the face of prolonged social restrictions


This call-out is intended to allow freelance writers to continue to receive paid work during this uncertain time. In addition, the content created will address health and well-being challenges through literature and creative writing; and entertain, inspire, and educate creative audiences, early career writers and participants across Wales.

All projects must be delivered in line with the relevant COVID-19 rules and regulations at the time of delivery. Digital poverty is a challenge to consider when devising and delivering these projects for low-income groups. Literature Wales can work with you to discuss the best way forward, but they suggest considering both face-to-face and digital options for delivery.



  • Writers can apply for one commission only; however, you are welcome to submit applications individually, in pairs or as a collective.
  • Writers are strongly encouraged to apply in partnership with, or with the support of, a charity or organisation supporting low income communities or individuals. You will need to submit a letter of support from the organisation to demonstrate this.
  • Please consider your own fee as a facilitator when creating a draft budget for your project.
  • All Wales-based writers and artists are eligible for this opportunity.
  • Priority will be given to the following:
    • Those who identify with at least one of our Target Client Characteristics (individuals on low income, individuals from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, individuals with disabilities or long-term illnesses, mental or physical)
    • Those who are not already in receipt of any regular funding from Literature Wales
    • Freelance writers who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic



5.00 pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021

Applications will be assessed by a panel of Literature Wales and Royal College of Psychiatrists staff members
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a short interview about their project on Monday 8 or Tuesday 9 February 2021
Successful applicants will be notified by 11 February 2021, with Literature Wales confirming the exact funding offered and a completion date with each artist
Artists will be paid in advance upon receipt of a signed contract
Literature Wales will be available to guide and advise during the planning and delivery of your project and offer support where needed.


Call-out for paid opportunity: Literature and Well-being Writer Commissions

Published on:
5 Jan 2021
Opportunity deadline:
26 Jan 2021


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