15 June 2018
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Are you from the North of England? Could your career benefit from a top-notch, internationally acclaimed mentor? Introducing: The Double Negative Fellowship 2018…

The Double Negative Fellowship 2018 aims to discover and encourage new, daring voices from the North of England.

A brand new support package for exceptional writers who are interested in art and culture, The Double Negative Fellows will each receive:

  • Extraordinary, one-to-one mentoring throughout 2018 from writers of global repute: Stephanie Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Ocula), Oliver Basciano (International Editor, ArtReview), Jennifer Higgie (Editorial Director, frieze) and Ellen Mara De Wachter (author, Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration, Phaidon)
  • A £450 commission to write about Liverpool, 10 years on from European Capital of Culture 2008 – published in a new, The Double Negative print and selected online platforms The Double Negative, ArtReview and Ocula
  • Travel bursaries to research new writing and visit mentors
  • Access to a little black book of national and international contacts, including publications, universities and art organisations
  • Professional development training sessions from The Double Negative team.

Our Fellowship coincides with CreArt (Network of Cities for Artistic Creation)Liverpool 2018, and Liverpool Biennial: Beautiful World, Where Are You?. Fellows will be warmly invited to partake in linked events throughout the year – including the Biennial festival opening in July, a CreArt conference in October, and a celebratory Fellowship event in November.


Our Fellows will be from or live in the North of England. They will be available to commit to a programme of flexible mentoring, training and writing during 2018, and aim to seize all the opportunities presented to them, including feedback and constructive criticism. They will take writing seriously, but not themselves. They will have already been published, online or in print (or both). They will be encouraged to write about art and culture in a way that they haven’t before – more creatively perhaps, or just with more confidence and freedom freedom outside of the traditional magazine format.

We are looking to hear from early career writers we’ve never heard of, and early career writers we already know. Only writers should apply who don’t currently have a mentor (this is important), but need one – to ask basic questions about fees and pay, about structure and pace, about where to pitch… To ask an expert all the questions they’ve ever wanted to ask. To learn from their mentor’s career trajectory, triumphs and mistakes. To share research interests. To get vital contacts in the industry. To be invited into a conversation with people who are the best at what they do across the arts and publishing.

Is this your?

If you match our guidelines, outlined above, please submit an application by email. Send us two, key things:

  • One example of your best work, 500-2000 words (PDF or Word doc, full text or excerpt). This can be something new you’ve been working on, or text that’s previously been published, we don’t mind. It can take the form of a review, interview, feature, non-fiction, experimental non-fiction, fiction, or an essay. Just make sure you’re proud of it.
  • A cover email. You must include your name, current address and place of birth, email, phone number, age, and any relevant links; plus a short paragraph (100-250 words) about yourself, your aspirations, and what stage you consider yourself to be at with writing.

Submissions sent without these two, key elements will not be considered.

Please email your submission to Mike Pinnington, mike@thedoublenegative.co.uk, before midnight GMT, Sunday 8 July 2018, subject heading “The Double Negative Fellowship 2018”.

Find out more here for deadline dates and fees.

Article by
Robyn Dooley
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