Jura Malt Whisky New Writer Retreat – deadline 9 June 2008 Jura Malt Whisky New Writer Retreat For the first time this year, Scottish Book Trust is offering a new unpublished author the chance to spend the whole of October on the Isle of Jura (the island to which George Orwell retreated to find the seclusion he needed to write 1984) to concentrate on their writing. The Jura Malt Whisky New Writer Retreat, in partnership with The Times, will give a new writer an exceptional opportunity to develop their writing away from the hustle and bustle of life. The successful applicant will receive: * A £2,500 bursary * Exclusive use of the Jura distillery lodge for October 2008 * The option to bring family and/or friends for all or part of their stay in the lodge * Use of a hire car * Return travel costs within the UK The project is open to prose and fiction writers who are not the sole author of a commercially published book, but they must have had a story published in an established magazine or anthology. Please submit a story that does not exceed 3000 words, the application form and no more than 1000 words on why you wish to spend a month on Jura. Click here for more information and to download a copy of the application form. The deadline for applications is 9 June 2008. The successful applicant will be contacted by the week commencing 28 July.