A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

Tenders invited for Freelancer Impact Study

Literature Alliance Scotland invites tender submissions for an impact study and report that will demonstrate the contribution of freelancers to the literature, languages and publishing sector in Scotland in terms of their economic and social value.

The study will aim to bridge a gap in knowledge by gathering qualitative and quantitative data on creative freelancers, including disabled freelancers, working in the literary sector in Scotland. It will then be used to share the best practice recommendations on how sector organisations can do more to support freelancers and provide more accessible and inclusive opportunities.

As part of our advocacy work, the findings will be shared widely and actively promoted to LAS members, sector organisations and industry stakeholders, including policy makers and universities as well as other arts organisations, arts researchers and advocates seeking comparative studies, to funders and the general and arts  media.

The deadline for tenders is 12 noon on Monday 28 February 2022. The final report will be required by Fri 1 July 2022.

About LAS

Literature Alliance Scotland (LAS) is a membership organisation committed to advancing the interests of Scotland’s literature and languages at home and abroad. We are Scotland’s largest literary network with more than 30 members: Members and Network Associates.

The Role
As a research consultant you will:

  • Liaise with the dedicated LAS subcommittee and the Project and Communications Manager to develop the study’s content and direction, including scope and methodology
  • Design, share and evaluate an online survey sent to LAS members, freelance networks and related organisations
  • Work remotely to conduct research and interviews as required
  • Analyse data gathered to assess impact
  • Draw conclusions in response to the findings
  • Create a final written report including best practice recommendations

What we’re looking for:

  • A demonstrable track record in research and report writing preferably within an arts sector context
  • The ability to analyse and interpret different types of information and convert them into a coherent, concise and easily accessible report for the general reader.
  • The ability to consult and liaise with key stakeholders
  • Ideally, experience of working with a similar network and your own industry and freelance connections/contacts
  • Knowledge of the Scottish literature, languages and publishing sector or the culture sector in Scotland
  • The ability to work efficiently and deliver the final report in a timely manner. 


The budget available for research and writing, including VAT and any expenses, is £6,000.


The final report should be submitted by Friday 1 July 2022 with a view to publishing the report by end July 2022.

Tender Submissions

Tenders should be submitted by email to admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk by 12 noon on Monday 28 February 2022. The proposal – of no more than three sides of A4 – should include:

  • How you will deliver the project
  • A timeline with a breakdown of tasks for delivery
  • PLUS a copy of your CV and any other parties involved in delivering the project. Each CV should be a maximum of 2 A4 pages.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their full brief at a Zoom meeting on Friday 18 March 2022. Prior to submission, interested parties can contact Jenny Kumar, Projects and Communications Manager at LAS with questions about the project, evaluation or tender process.

Download the full details here.
January 31, 2022

Arts professionals / freelancers wanted for Next Level Round Two

Are you a freelancer or employee working with a literature/languages organisation in Scotland with the ambition and energy to lead? 

Apply to Round 2 of Next Level for 1:1 online mentoring, training & networking opportunities tailored to your career goals.

The Next Level Programme is a pilot career development programme that aims to equip two mid-career arts professionals on the path to a senior position with the intended outcome of increasing diversity within our sector.


It’s designed for a mid-career arts professional who’s either employed by or works as a freelancer for an organisation in Scotland’s literature & languages sector.

This second round is for one person and includes up to 80 contact hours (10 days), delivered digitally due to Covid-19, over three months from November 2020.

We particularly welcome applications from those who self-identify as a Person of Colour (POC), working-class and/or disabled and their intersections.

You’ll get:

  • 4 x 60-minute, one-to-one online mentoring sessions with an industry professional working in, for example, publishing, bookselling, programming, libraries
  • Training in presentation skills and how to make an impact (delivered virtually)
  • Conversations with industry professionals (via telephone/video call).

We’ll cover the costs of:

  • Training
  • Mentoring
  • A living wage stipend can be available where the successful applicant would not be paid for their time participating in the programme.

We consider mid-career to be someone with 4 to 6 years’ experience of working in the sector and who would not define themselves as working at senior management level.

How to apply:

Download our application pack from the website and email the completed application form and nomination form to Jenny Kumar on admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk with a short covering letter by the deadline.

This opportunity is now closed for applications.


October 13, 2020