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The kind press and Beautiful You Coaching Academy are honoured to launch ‘The Spirit Scholarship’ for emerging writers who are a trainee or graduate of the Beautiful You Life Coaching Course and who identify as Black, Brown, Indigenous or a Person of Colour.

The scholarship is open to unpublished writers of non-fiction in the categories of spirituality, self-help, social justice, personal growth, narrative nonfiction and health and wellbeing. Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must intend to complete one. The scholarship will be judged by the kind press on the first 5,000 words or full manuscript of the submitted work, along with a synopsis outlining the direction of the proposed work and detail about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the scholarship.

The Spirit Scholarship is being made possible by a partnership between the kind press and Beautiful You Coaching Academy. 

‘Books can, and do, change people’s lives. They are portals of hope, inspiration and connection in the richest and most meaningful ways. And we believe there is no one better to write a life changing book than a coach who is devoted to supporting others to live an amazing life.


Our hope is that The Spirit Scholarship is a platform for a new and brilliant writer who is Black, Brown, Indigenous or a Person of Colour to step forth and share their magic with the world in a meaningful and lasting way. We are so excited to be a part of this with the kind press and cannot wait to celebrate the winning author and their book.’

– Julie Parker, Founder, Beautiful You Coaching Academy 


You must be an enrolled trainee (upcoming or current course) or graduate of the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, be aged 18 years or older who has not had their work self-published in print or published by a commercial publishing house, and be someone who identifies as Black, Brown, Indigenous or a Person of Colour. Please read the Terms & Conditions for full eligibility requirements and submission guidelines. There is a limit of one entry per person.

How will  the scholarship be judged?

The 2020 judging process is entirely being undertaken by the kind press. The Beautiful You Coaching Academy will play no role in the judging and will not enter into any correspondence with entrants.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of (1) writing ability and (2) that all submission guidelines have been met.

All judges maintain confidentiality throughout the judging process. All deliberations remain confidential and any individual judge reports are destroyed at the close of deliberations.

Submissions Close 18 September.

How It Works


What to submit:

Entries must comprise the following:

➤ writers should send the first 5,000 words or full manuscript.

➤ a cover sheet, with the following information:

Author name

◆ Author’s postal address

Project title


Social media handles

Up to 300-word synopsis

➤ a brief overview of why you wrote your manuscript

➤ an up to 200-word biographical statement and (optional) extra 200-word statement sharing with us more about how you identify as a Black, Brown, Indigenous, Person of Colour and what that means to you in your life

➤ an outline of the rest of the work, no more than two A4 pages long

➤ you will also need to write a statement up to 750 words about how winning the publishing contract will further your writing career.

Important Dates

Entries open:
9.00am AEST Monday 3 August 2020

Entries close:
5:00pm AEST Friday 18 September 2020

Winner announced:
Friday 2 October 2020

The winner will be announced on the kind press and Beautiful You Coaching Academy’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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