GAME WRITING:
EARLY CAREER SCHOLARSHIP

Applications open for Spring-Summer 2019

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I was privileged enough to have the support and advice of a thriving experienced games development community in the early months of my work in that medium, allowing me to advance much faster than I would have been able to otherwise.

Throughout the past year I have tried to share as much advice as possible as widely as possible - most noteably in my guide here - as well as offering some direct feedback on portfolios, CVs, and websites to early career game writers.

This game writing scholarship is intended to go beyond that, offering not only one-on-one support but also limited financial assistance in the form of a domain name and professional web hosting for a period of six months.

The goal is not to teach people how to write, but to give an extra boost to already-talented individuals who are on the verge of moving from ‘aspiring’ to ‘professional’ status in this profession.

WHAT THE SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS:

  • Funding for an unregistered domain name, registered for a period of one year.

  • Funding for six months of SquareSpace hosting using their ‘Personal’ plan.

  • Alternative resources equivalent to the value of the above if you already have your own domain name / hosting, to be agreed by the mentor.

  • An initial one-to-one Skype consultation to discuss where you are at currently and where you would like to one day be.

  • A CV/Resume and Portfolio review, alongside a specific plan for future work.

  • Mentoring support in creating one additional creator-owned portfolio piece, including deadlines, advice on your plans, a feedback review session, and advice on how to release it to the world.

  • Advice on planning your new website and feedback once you have created it.

  • A closing one-to-one Skype consultation to discuss your goals after a period of 3-6 months and how you can move forward in the future.

  • A testimonial for the work created on this scholarship, usable in applications.

How this will work:

One scholar will be selected at a time and scholarships will not run concurrently. If you are not selected for one scholarship round, you will need to re-apply when scholarships are next announced.

After the initial paid-for web hosting / domain registration period has ended, the scholar will be responsible for their own fees from that point onwards, or may choose to cancel / move to a different service.

Skype sessions and mentor email contact will be subject and limited to mentor availability.

Applications closed on Friday 15th March 2019.

All applicants will receive responses by the end of April 2019.