Wallace Stegner Fellowship
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Unique among writing programs, Stanford University offers 10 two-year fellowships each year, 5 in fiction and 5 in poetry. All the fellows in each genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty.
Stegner Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. The only requirements are writing and workshop attendance. The fellowship offers no degree. We view it as more of an artist-in-residence opportunity for promising writers to spend two years developing their writing in the company of peers and under the guidance of Stanford faculty .
In awarding fellowships, we consider the quality of the candidate’s creative work, potential for growth, and ability to contribute to and profit from our writing workshops. Our fellows are diverse in style and experience, with talent and seriousness the true common denominators.
- We do not require any degrees or tests for admission
- No school of writing is favored over any other
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old
The Stegner Fellowship is a full-time academic commitment and is not intended to be pursued concurrently with another degree program. The fellowship includes a living stipend, and a fellow's tuition and health insurance are paid for by the Creative Writing Program. A f ellow must live close enough to Stanford in order to attend workshops, readings, and events.
At a Glance
- 2-year fellowship; admissions are staggered so there are 10 first year fellows and 10 second year fellows at Stanford each year
- Fellows must write and attend a 3-hour weekly workshop
- Workshop coincides with Stanford's academic calendar ; fellows have the summer off to work, write, or travel
- Though similar in some ways to a MFA program, the fellowship does not offer a degree
- Includes a $50,000 living stipend
- Applications are available to all who are interested; all applicants are notified of fellowship decisions in April
Application window: opens on September 1 and closes on December 1 at 11:59 pm (PST)
Anyone interested in the Stegner Fellowship is welcome to apply! Prior book publication is not required; note that prior publication may suggest a career that has advanced beyond the point when the fellowship’s instruction and workshop critique are most useful in a writer's development.
Yes. Anyone may apply, regardless of nationality. If accepted, you’re considered at Stanford to be a non-matriculated graduate student for visa purposes. We’ll work with you to obtain a J-1 visa.
Fellows must be 18 years old when they start the fellowship. Historically, we have accepted people as young as 22 and as old as 75.
Primarily, Stegner Fellows are required to attend weekly, faculty-led workshops and to write, revise, and then write again, with the goal of a finished manuscript ready for publication. As part of the workshop, fellows are expected to actively engage with their cohort's work by reading and thoughtfully commenting on pieces presented.
However, to enrich one’s fellowship experience, we encourage all fellows to attend various reading events and lecture series hosted by our program. In the past, we’ve enjoyed the presence of guest speakers such as Zadie Smith, David Treuer, Gilbert King, Mary Ruefle, and Hilton Als. We also host public readings and colloquiums for our annual visiting poet-in-residence and visiting writer-in-residence .
During the first year of their fellowship, the fellows participate in the Stegner Fellow Reading series , where they give a public reading of their work. It’s also possible for fellows to TA undergraduate courses, facilitate writing workshops, and offer special tutorials and independent studies to our undergraduate students.
Yes, one must live close enough to the Stanford main campus to attend weekly workshops, as well as readings and lectures by the program's visiting poets and writers.
The purpose of the fellowship is to give writers as much time as possible to work on their writing, free from the time constraints of full-time employment. Holding a full-time job during the fellowship runs counter to the intention of the program.
The fellowship is a 2-year program and includes a living stipend of $50,000 per academic year. Our program also pays for each fellow’s tuition and health insurance.
The Bay Area is a very expensive place to live. Realistically, an individual needs some form of supplemental income, which commonly means working during the summer.
Sometimes. Teaching appointments are not guaranteed, as priority goes to Ph.D. students who need the experience for their degree.
If you have questions about our fellowship, there are several ways to get answers:
- Peruse our Application FAQ page
- Email us at stegnerfellowship [at] stanford.edu (stegnerfellowship[at]stanford[dot]edu)
- Or visit us in our main office: Margaret Jacks Hall (Building 460), Room 223
Thank you for your interest in the Wallace Stegner Fellowship!
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CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIPS: Program Description
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted writing sample. Through this program, the NEA seeks to sustain and nurture a diverse range of creative writers at various stages of their careers and to continue to expand the portfolio of American art.
The NEA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and fostering mutual support for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.
The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2025, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in poetry are available. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) will be offered in FY 2026 and guidelines will be available in January 2025. You may apply only once each year .
Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. We typically receive more than 1,600 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 3% of applicants.
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- Individuals who previously received two or more Literature Fellowships (poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowships from the NEA.
- Individuals who received any Literature Fellowship (poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts on or after January 1, 2016.
- News reporting.
- Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities .)
- Work toward academic degrees.
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You must submit applications electronically through Grants.gov, the federal government’s online application system. The Grants.gov system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 13, 2024. Late applications are not accepted.
Expect notification of awards and rejections no sooner than December 2024. The fellowship period may begin any time between January 1, 2025, and January 1, 2026, and extend for up to two years.
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The Writer’s Center has developed a list of writing fellowships for your reference.
Please note that this page is a reference for writers. We do not partner with the following organizations. Also, these opportunities are subject to change, so be sure to visit the websites for more information.
The Writer’s Center Compass Fellowship
What it is: Our renewed fellowship program will introduce a new writer each year to our writing family, to help guide them along the next steps on their path, with $1000 in credits toward any TWC workshops within a two-year period, a $300 cash stipend, and more.
Who’s it for: Applicants must be local in the DMV area and be able to travel to Bethesda.
The Writer’s Center says: If you’re a writer or an aspiring writer looking for where to go next, The Writer’s Center Compass Fellowship is a great place to start!
National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships
What it is: The National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships offer $25,000 grants in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to enable creative writers to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
Who’s it for: To be eligible, you have to be a citizen of the United States, you can’t have received two or more fellowships from the National Endowment from the Arts, you can’t have received the creative writing fellowship on or after January 1, 2014, and you must have published a book within the last seven years.
The Writer’s Center says : This is the nationally recognized fellowship that writers are vying for every year. Note that the genres alternate each year, with prose fellowships offered in odd years, and poetry fellowships in even years.
Mother Jones’s Ben Bagdikian Fellowship
What it is: Mother Jones offers an annual fellowship program that is “a crash course in investigative journalism.” The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship is a full-time position lasting approximately one year, beginning on the first Monday in December and running through late November. Fellows receive a $3,250 monthly stipend.
Who’s it for: Those who are still in school or are only available part-time are not eligible, nor can fellowships be used for course credit. Because the first two weeks of the fellowship consist of intensive group trainings, all applicants, without exception, must be prepared to start on the first Monday in December. Mother Jones is not able to furnish work visas for applicants from outside the United States.
The Writer’s Center says : This is a demanding position that will enable participants to get significant experience in investigative journalism.
Provincetown Fine Arts Center Fellowship
What it is: The Provincetown Fine Arts Center offers 20 seven-month residencies each year to emerging visual artists, fiction writers, and poets, each of whom receive an apartment, a studio (for visual artists), and a monthly stipend of $1,000 plus an exist stipend. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30.
Who’s it for: Visual artists, fiction writers, and poets.
The Writer’s Center says : This is one of the only non-MFA programs that support writers and artists for more than a month at a time.
The Kenyon Review Fellowship
What it is: The Kenyon Review offers a two-year fellowship that comes with a $35,000+ stipend and health benefits that will enable the fellow to undertake a significant writing project; teach one class per semester in the English department of Kenyon College; assist with creative and editorial projects for the Kenyon Review ; and participate in the cultural life of Kenyon College.
Who’s it for: Applicants must possess an MFA or PhD in creative writing, English literature, or comparative literature. They must have experience teaching creative writing and/or literature at the undergraduate level.
The Writer’s Center says : This is a fantastic opportunity for early-career writers to receive time and space to write, as well as teaching experience.
The Loft’s McKnight Artist Fellowship
What it is: The Loft presents five $25,000 awards annually to accomplished Minnesota writers and spoken word artists. Four awards alternate annually between creative prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry/spoken word. The fifth award is presented in children’s literature and alternates annually for writing for ages eight and under and writing for children older than eight.
Who’s it for: Applicants must have been legal residents of Minnesota for the 12 months prior to the application deadline and must currently reside in Minnesota.
The Writer’s Center says : This is a generous grant that will enable Minnesota writers to produce more creative work.
Bucknell Stadler Fellowship
What it is: Bucknell University offers a 10-month fellowship that provides a stipend of at least $33,000 and health insurance. The program offers two distinct tracks: one a fellowship in literary editing and a fellowship in literary arts administration . Applicants can apply to one or the other. Both fellowships are designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. Fellows serve for 20 hours each week during the academic year. The balance of the fellows’ time is reserved for writing.
Who’s it for: Poets who have recently received an MFA or MA in poetry.
The Writer’s Center says : If you are an early career poet and you aren’t interested in teaching, this is a noteworthy opportunity to get significant experience with literary arts administration or literary editing while receiving time and space to work on a poetry collection.
What it is: Each year, the Nieman Foundation awards paid fellowships of $75,000 to up to 24 journalists working in print, broadcast, digital, and audiovisual media. Those selected for the program spend two full semesters at Harvard auditing classes; they are also able to audit classes at other local universities including MIT and Tufts. The Nieman Foundation also provides some financial support for health insurance and childcare. Fellows are not eligible for health care insurance through Harvard University.
Who’s it for: All applicants for Nieman Fellowships must be working journalists with at least five years of full-time media experience. During the two years prior to applying, an applicant should not have participated in a fellowship lasting four months or longer.
The Writer’s Center says : This is a generous fellowship that enables journalists to deepen their knowledge in an area of interest or several areas of interest.
James Jones Fellowship
What it is: The James Jones First Novel Fellowship, in the amount of $10,000, is awarded annually to an American writer of a novel-in-progress who has not previously published a novel. The Fellowship is co-sponsored by the James Jones Literary Society and the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing of Wilkes University.
Who’s it for: An American writer who has never published a novel. This includes self-published novels.
The Writer’s Center says : This award provides invaluable monetary support for novelists with a work in progress.
The Hodder Fellowship
What it is: The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists and writers of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. An $86,000 stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment as a Visiting Fellow; no formal teaching is involved.
Who’s it for: Composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers, translators, or other kinds of artists. Most successful Fellows have published a book or have similar achievements in their own fields.
The Writer’s Center says : Unlike fellowships that involve teaching or literary administration, this is a generous award for artists solely pursuing independent projects.
PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship
What it is: The Emerging Voices Fellowship provides a virtual five-month immersive mentorship program for early-career writers from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing world. The program is committed to cultivating the careers of Black writers, and serves writers who identify as Indigenous, persons of color, LGBTQ+, immigrants, writers with disabilities, and those living outside of urban centers.
Who’s it for: Underrepresented early-career writers.
The Writer’s Center says : This program lifts up writers who deserve recognition, demystifying the publishing process and introducing them to editors, agents, and publishers.
Persephone Miel Fellowship
What it is: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will provide a grant of $5,000 for a reporting project on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or underreported in the mainstream media.
Who’s it for: The Persephone Miel Fellowships are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers, staff journalists, as well as freelancers and media professionals outside the U.S. and Western Europe who are seeking to report from their home country but would like to broaden the reach of their reporting by publishing it in international outlets. Applicants must be proficient in English.
The Writer’s Center says : This grant gives a journalist an invaluable opportunity to explore an issue that goes unreported or underreported in mainstream media.
Wallace Stegner Fellowship
What it is: Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. All the fellows in each genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty. Fellowships include a living stipend. Fellows’ tuition and health insurance are paid for by the Creative Writing Program.
Who’s it for: Candidates must live close enough to Stanford to be able to attend workshops, readings, and events.
The Writer’s Center says : This is a non-degree granting opportunity for a writer to get regular feedback from established poets and fiction writers.
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
What it is: The Center’s Patrick Henry History Fellowship includes a $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency (during the academic year) in a historic 18th-century house in Chestertown, Md.
Who’s it for: Applicants should have a significant project currently in progress — a book, film, oral history archive, podcast series, museum exhibition, or similar work. The project should address the history and/or legacy – broadly defined – of the U.S. founding era and/or the nation’s founding ideas. It might focus directly on early America, or on the myriad ways the questions that preoccupied the nation’s founding generation have shaped America’s later history. Work that contributes to ongoing national conversations about America’s past and present, with the potential to reach a wide public, is particularly sought.
The Writer’s Center says : This fellowship enables applicants to deeply explore a particular historical topic of Washington College’s choosing.
What it is: This is a non-degree, two-semester program that allows fellows to take environmental journalism classes at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Who’s it for: The fellowship is open to full-time journalists working in any medium who are interested in deepening and broadening their knowledge of environmental issues. It is aimed at outstanding journalists committed to a career in professional journalism. Applicants must have a minimum of five years of full-time professional journalism experience and have completed an undergraduate degree.
The Writer’s Center says : This is a fantastic opportunity for journalists who are interested in environmental issues.
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship
What it is: The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing offers up to five internationally competitive nine-month fellowships each year. Typically, we award two fiction fellowships (the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellowship and the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship), and two poetry fellowships (the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship and the Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellowship). Additionally, the Institute offers one third-year MFA fellowship — the Hoffman-Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship — to a current student of UW-Madison, through a closed competition. Each of these fellowships carries with it a stipend of at least $39,000 paid in 9 equal installments beginning October 1, generous health benefits, and a one-course-per-semester teaching assignment in undergraduate creative writing.
Who’s it for: Applicants who have published only one full-length collection of creative writing; unpublished applicants are also eligible.
The Writer’s Center says : This fellowship gives a poet and fiction writer time and space to write, as well as teaching experience.
Grub Street’s Emerging Writer Fellowship
What it is: The Emerging Writer Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing three writers per year tuition-free access to GrubStreet’s classes and Muse & the Marketplace conferences.
Who’s it for: Anyone over the age of 18 who demonstrates ability and passion for writing is eligible.
The Writer’s Center says : Much like The Writer’s Center Compass Fellowship, GrubStreet’s program enables writers to advance their craft while eliminating the financial barriers to entry.
Emory University Creative Writing Fellowship
What it is: Emory University offers two-year fellowships in fiction, poetry, and playwriting. The teaching load is 2-1, and the fellowship comes with a $45,000 salary and health benefits.
Who’s it for: Anyone who has received an MFA or Ph.D. in the last five years, and who has creative writing teaching experience, a record of publication, and a first book published or underway.
The Writer’s Center says : This is an opportunity for recent graduates of a creative writing program to gain teaching experience as well as space and time to work on their creative projects.
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The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships
Since 1986, the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing has provided time, space, and an intellectual community for writers working on a first book of poetry or fiction, while developing their skills as instructors in one of North America’s top-ranked creative writing programs. Since 2012, we have also considered applicants who have published only one full-length collection of creative writing prior to the application deadline, although unpublished authors remain eligible, and quality of writing remains the near-exclusive criterion for selection. Altogether, our poetry and fiction fellows have published more than 150 full-length collections and novels, many of them winning major national honors.
At present, the Institute offers up to five internationally competitive nine-month fellowships each year. Typically, we award two fiction fellowships (the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellowship and the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship), and two poetry fellowships (the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship and the Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellowship). Additionally, the Institute offers one third-year MFA fellowship — the Hoffman-Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship — to a current student of UW-Madison, through a closed competition.
Each of these fellowships carries with it a stipend of at least $39,000 paid in 9 equal installments beginning October 1, generous health benefits, and a one-course-per-semester teaching assignment in undergraduate creative writing. Since this is a residential fellowship, we expect fellows to live in the Madison area, to hold no other teaching, graduate study or fellowship obligations, and to participate fully in the life of the Madison writing community during the fellowship period.
Fiction and poetry fellows are asked to give one public reading during the fellowship year. Additionally, all fellows participate in determining the recipients of the annual Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry , as well as the Program in Creative Writing’s undergraduate writing contests . Along with faculty, fellows also serve on the committees selecting the following year’s Institute fellows.
Details and frequently asked questions regarding the fellowships can be found on the applications page of this website. Applications to the poetry, fiction, and HEAF fellowships must be submitted online between January 1 and March 1.
The current administrators of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing are Sean Bishop and Ron Kuka . Please read this page and the application page in detail before contacting the administrators with questions.
The Halls and Wallace Poetry Fellowships & the McCreight and Houck Smith Fiction Fellowships
Poets and fiction writers who have completed or will have completed an MFA or a PhD in creative writing by August 15th of the fellowship year are eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing poetry or fiction fellowship, provided they have not yet published more than one full-length book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or other creative work by the March 1 application deadline. Details and frequently asked questions regarding these fellowships can be found on the fellowship applications page of this website. The HEAF is the only Institute fellowship for which current students of the UW MFA program are eligible to apply.
The Hoffman-Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship
The Hoffman-Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship (the HEAF) is awarded to a second-year MFA candidate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Creative Writing MFA program, to fund a third year of study prior to graduation. Poets and fiction writers are eligible for the HEAF in alternating years. In January and February 2022 we are considering HEAF applications in fiction only.
The recipient of the HEAF will be determined by an outside judge. The name of this judge will be withheld until the HEAF has been announced. Details and frequently asked questions regarding these fellowships can be found on the fellowship applications page of this website. The Institute may decline to give the HEAF award in any year it deems appropriate.
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Seeking applicants for two-year fellowships at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For more information, please contact the Academic Department Administrator, Nora Lewis, at 404-727-4683 or [email protected] .
2024-26 Fiction Fellowship application info will be posted in late November 2023.
2023-2025 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry
Emory University Creative Writing Fellowship. Two-year fellowship in poetry in lively undergraduate English/Creative Writing Program, beginning Fall 2023. Load 1-2, all workshops; $45,000 salary, and health benefits. Fellow will give a public reading and have access to the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, a 75,000-volume rare and modern poetry library housed at Emory. Required: MFA or PhD in the last five years, with undergraduate Creative Writing teaching experience. Desirable: record of periodical publications but no first book yet in print, and secondary interests such as creative nonfiction and working in archives.
Submit electronic dossier, including cover letter discussing teaching experience and philosophy, CV, two references who will be contacted later in the process, and a writing sample of no more than 15 pages of poetry to http://apply.interfolio.com/113402 by 11:59pm, November 11, 2022 . This deadline is firm and late applications will not be considered. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 . In your cover letter or in a separate statement, please reflect upon your experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds. Emory University is committed to student and faculty diversity, equality, and inclusion. Emory University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
2023-2025 Fellowship in Playwriting
Contact: lizzy clements, [email protected] .
Interfolio link to apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/115899
Emory University offers a two-year Playwriting Fellowship in connection with its BA in Playwriting, a joint major offered by Theater Studies and the Creative Writing Program. Beginning in Fall 2023, the Fellowship offers a $45,000 salary, health benefits, and $1,000 annual travel fund. The Fellow will have a 2-1 teaching load, including playwriting workshops, literature courses such as 'Contemporary Drama,' and other courses to support the BA in Playwriting, within Theater Studies, Creative Writing, and/or English. The Playwriting Fellow will give a public reading for the Creative Writing Reading Series, and work with Theater Emory and its Playwriting Center, including the contribution of a new play to the “Brave New Works” New Play Festival. Fellows may be asked to direct student honors theses and/or other mentoring activities.
A two-year commitment is assumed but the contract renewal for the second year is contingent on a positive review of the first year.
“It’s rare to find a position that provides this kind of support not just to my creative work, but my whole being. The long-term stability afforded to an Emory Fellow is unmatched by most programs out there. What’s more is that the whole city of Atlanta is there at your feet too, and there are so many exciting artists and cultures present here. It’s a special and energizing city in which to create.” - Megan Tabaque, 21-23 Playwriting Fellow
"The Emory Playwriting Fellowship is a rare gem among fellowships. Not only is there ample time and resources to pursue one's creative work, there is also the perfect balance between structure and freedom in exploring one's curricular work as an early-career educator. I was able to create and teach courses that directly align with my own research interests, and work with the most inspiring students and colleagues. My playwriting career also grew leaps and bounds during my fellowship, which was no coincidence — I would not have been able to nurture and travel for opportunities in the same way in any other position." - Kimberly Belflower 19-21 Playwriting Fellow, Current Assistant Professor of Dramatic Writing at Emory University
Required: MFA in Playwriting, or equivalent degree, within the past 8 years, and related teaching experience. Desirable: Promising record of production and/or play development in regional or national theater.
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The David T.K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship
The David T.K. Wong Fellowship has been offered since 1998 and is named for its sponsor, Mr David T.K. Wong of Hong Kong, a writer of fiction and former teacher, journalist and senior civil servant. The fellowship, which is worth £26,000, lasts for nine months and supports a writer of fiction to write in English about East and Southeast Asia.
The 9mobile Fellowship
The 9mobile (formally Etisalat) Fellowship was inaugurated in 2013 and is a unique and generous annual award of £10,000 to enable a fiction writer from Africa to spend four months with us. It is awarded to the recipient of the 9mobile Prize for Literature, a first novel award established by 9mobile to celebrate new African fiction, encourage upcoming African writers, and support the African publishing industry.
Charles Pick Writing Fellowship
The Charles Pick Fellowship was offered from 2002 to 2017 and was dedicated to the memory of the distinguished publisher and literary agent, Charles Pick, whose career began in 1933 and continued until shortly before his death in January 2000.
Since the inception of our Creative Writing programme, we have also been host to numerous practising novelists, poets, dramatists and translators as lecturers, writers-in-residence, and guests of our annual Literary Festival. This includes those appointed as UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professors . Between 1972 and 2010 we also hosted a Writing Fellowship awarded annually to a writer of established reputation and supported with funding from the Arts Council.
All of these visiting writers have contributed to the wider culture of the programme, both in their practical engagement with students' writing and in the form of readings and public discussions.
You can find details of the impressive array of Visiting Professors, Teaching Fellows and Tutors who have taught on our programme on UEA Writers .
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Are you an aspiring or professional writer? Are you looking for an opportunity to focus on your craft and get paid while doing it? If this describes you than applying for writing fellowships might be a good fit for you and your goals.
If you are already working on a passion project or have an idea in your head, there are plenty of writing fellowships for the 2023 and 2024 season you can apply for.
A writing fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for creative talents to pursue research and projects in their area of expertise. A fellowship is a short-term employment contract offered by an institution, often a university that usually lasts for one or two academic years.
Every writing fellowship is different in terms of eligibility, expectations, and compensation. There are fellowships looking for writing professionals in a very specific niche or industry, but many fellowships are open to any type of creative field.
Depending on the fellowship, the successful candidate may be granted with opportunities such as teaching or attending courses at the university and give public readings of their work during their contract.
Writing fellowships pay their fellows a stipend that is usually enough to be able to commit their full attention to their work. While it varies, it is common to be provided or assisted with finding accommodation, studio space, and often benefits, travel and/or moving allowances.
As with anything, it is important to do your research and find the right writing fellowships before applying.
If the idea of becoming a writing fellow truly excites you, then it is time to look at how to research and apply to fellowships and snag a coveted spot. Writing fellowships are a great opportunity to perfect your craft and contribute to your field while getting financial support. This also means that they can be very competitive with so many talented applicants who want the same thing as you.
With careful preparation, you can stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of success. Again, every fellowship is different, but here are some general guidelines of what it takes to apply for writing fellowships.
The first step in any process is to do lots of research before making any decisions. There are writing fellowships all over the world with different start dates and lengths in different subject areas. Find some that align with your wants and needs that you are excited to apply for.
Don’t apply for a fellowship that would require you to move across the country (or the world) if you are not prepared to do so!
Found a writing fellowship that you think you would be perfect for? Before investing time and money into the lengthy application process be sure to thoroughly read the eligibility requirements.
Each fellowship has its own specific criteria for who can apply including experience, citizenship, location, etc. Ensure you fit all of the eligibility requirements before applying.
A major factor of how fellows are chosen is based on their portfolio . The selection committee wants to see your creativity, quality of work, writing style, and skill to determine if you are the right fit for the fellowship program.
Aside from your application form and portfolio , many fellowship programs will either ask for a project proposal or personal statement describing yourself, your passion for writing, your accomplishments and your intentions for the fellowship.
Remember to be thorough and authentic while being diligent to follow all of the requirements of the proposal or statement.
Many writing fellowships want to get a better sense of you and your work ethic from third party sources. That’s where letters of recommendation come in. Reach out to mentors, professors, and supervisors who will be willing and able to attest to your character and abilities.
Once you have compiled all of your documents and reached out to people who can support you, it is time to carefully fill out any further application forms. Remember to review all of your application documents for accuracy to avoid any unexpected hiccups in the process and be sure to submit everything before the deadline.
Some fellowships will invite a select few candidates to an interview to finish out the selection process. If the writing fellowships you applied for have an interview component, do not wait until you are invited to start practicing. The more you rehearse telling your story and sharing your work, the easier it will be to nail that interview.
We have compiled a list of 12 writing fellowships that are accepting applications between now and the end of 2024 to help you get started in your research.
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
- Application deadline: November 15, 2023
- Eligibility: Writers working on a broad range of topics related to American history and culture
- Payment: $45,000 stipend for nine month residency in Chestertown, MD
The Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University
- Application deadline: November 1, 2023
- Eligibility: Emerging writers in fiction and poetry
- Payment: $50,000 per academic year (two-year program) plus tuition and benefits
- Application deadline: International applications due December 1; U.S. applications due January 31
- Eligibility: Working journalists with five or more years of full-time media experience
- Payment: $80,000 stipend paid over a nine-month period
The Steinbeck Fellows Program
- Application deadline: January 5, 2024
- Eligibility: Exceptional talent in the areas of creative writing, including fiction, drama, creative nonfiction or biography
- Payment: $15,000 stipend
O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
- Application deadline: January 19, 2024
- Eligibility: American journalists with at least five years of professional experience
- Payment: $75,000 stipend plus moving, research, and travel allowances
MacDowell Colony Fellowships
- Application Deadline: February 10, 2024 (fall/winter); September 10, 2024 (spring/summer)
- Eligibility: Artists and writers at various career stages
- Payment: Residencies include room, board, and studio space
- Application deadline: March 1 annually
- Eligibility: American journalists with five or more years of experience working in any medium who are interested in deepening and broadening their knowledge of environmental issues.
- Payment: $71,000
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows
- Eligibility: Applicants must have completed or be scheduled to complete an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing by August 15 of the fellowship year
- Payment: $39,000 paid over nine months
James Jones First Novel Fellowship
- Application deadline: March 15, 2024
- Eligibility: American author who has not yet published a novel
- Payment: $10,000
The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program
- Application deadline: Spring 2024
- Eligibility: US citizens able to commit to a year of full-time work in investigative journalism
- Payment: $22.68 per hour plus benefits
The Hodder Fellowship
- Application deadline: September 2024
- Eligibility: Promising writers and artists
- Payment: Academic year at Princeton; $90,000 stipend
Persephone Miel Fellowship
- Application deadline: Rolling
- Eligibility: Open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers, or filmmakers, staff journalists outside the U.S and Western Europe
- Payment: $5,000 grant
Landing a writing fellowship is an incredible accomplishment and opportunity to focus on your craft. If you think this is an avenue you want to pursue, don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply to some of the exciting writing fellowships for 2023 and 2024.
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To enhance our strong program in creative writing, the Department of English and Creative Writing established the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing.
This annual fellowship is designed to support writers completing their first books. It provides a generous stipend, office space, and an intellectual community for the recipients, who spend one academic year at Colgate. In return, each fellow teaches one creative writing workshop per semester and gives a public reading of their work.
Colgate University invites applications for the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. This year we invite applications for:
- One fellowship in fiction
- One fellowship in nonfiction
Writers who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writers will spend the academic year (late August 2023 to early May 2024) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellows will teach one multigenre course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress.
The fellowship includes:
- A stipend of $55,500
- Travel expenses
- Health and life insurance are provided
Deadline: January 5, 2024 Applications materials include:
- cover letter
- three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the candidate’s abilities as a teacher
- A maximum of 30 double-spaced manuscript pages of prose. The writing sample may be a completed work or an excerpt from something larger.
Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. All applications should speak directly to the candidate’s ability to work effectively with students across a wide range of identities and backgrounds.
Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 3,200 students situated in central New York State. The Colgate faculty is committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the English department is online. It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
2023–2024 Olive B. O’Connor Fellows
Lena Crown is a writer, editor and educator from Northern California. Her work is published or forthcoming in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Narratively, North American Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Peter Bullough Foundation, and she previously served as the PEN/Faulkner Writer in Residence in Washington, D.C.
Ajibola Tolase is a Nigerian poet and essayist. He graduated from the creative writing MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His chapbook, Koola Lobitos was published as a part of the New Generation African Poets Series edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani in 2021. His writing has appeared in LitHub, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is a former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and has received a creative writing grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.
Armen Davoudian’s poems and translations from Persian appear in Poetry magazine , the Sewanee Review , the Yale Review , and elsewhere. His chapbook, Swan Song , won the 2020 Frost Place Competition.
Pallavi Wakharkar is a writer from Phoenix, AZ. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Vanderbilt University and is the 2022-23 Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in fiction at Colgate. She was the 2021 winner of The Iowa Review Award in fiction, and her work appears in The Iowa Review , Joyland Magazine , and others. She is currently working on her first novel as well as a story collection.
Esther Hayes is a fiction writer from Nevada whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica Magazine and Puerto del Sol. She was a finalist in the 2020 AWP Intro Journals Project and the 2019 Sewanee Review Fiction Contest . She received her MFA from Colorado State University where she served as an associate editor for Colorado Review. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and her first novel.
Alexander Ramirez is from Sacramento, CA. He is the 2021-2022 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing (Nonfiction). He holds a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his writing has appeared in The Missouri Review , Image Journal , and The Journal of American Culture , among other publications.
Maggie Millner is a poet and educator from Central New York. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, POETRY, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, ZYZZYVA , and elsewhere. She serves as a senior editor at The Yale Review and an Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Poetry at Colgate University.
Lucy Schiller's nonfiction work has appeared in The Baffler , Contexto , The Columbia Journalism Review , The New Yorker , The Iowa Review , Goodnight , Sweet Prince , CounterPunch , and elsewhere. She was the 2018-2019 Provost's Fellow in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa, where she received her MFA. She is currently working on a nonfiction manuscript and on a novel.
Gbenga Adesina's poems have appeared in Narrative, Prairie Schooner, Washington Square Review, Vinyl, Brittle Paper and Ploughshares. He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Poets House, the Norman Mailer Center, the Fine Arts Work Centre, Provincetown, the Open Society Foundation in Goree Island, off the coast of Senegal, Callaloo at Oxford and New York University where he received his MFA and held the Starworks and Goldwater Fellowships. He was a joint winner of the 2016 Brunel International Poetry Prize, the 2017 Hugh J. Luke Award from Prairie Schooner, and the 2019 Palette Poetry Spotlight Award.
Annie Vitalsey is a fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Reed Magazine, Bennington Review, Pacifica Literary Review, Menacing Hedge, Spilled Milk Magazine, Watershed Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, she was a Virginia G. Piper Global Residency Fellow and received her first Pushcart nomination. In 2019, she was also awarded a Desert Nights Teaching Fellowship. Vitalsey has an MFA from Arizona State University, and is currently working on her first novel.
Ndinda Kioko is a Kenyan writer whose works have appeared on several platforms and publications including The Trans-African , BBC Radio 4 , Wasafiri Magazine , Africa39 , and Jalada Africa . She has also produced a TV show for M-net Africa. Ndinda was a Miles Morland Scholar for 2014. She was awarded the 2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the Richard & Juliette Logsdon Award for Creative Writing. She has an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Oregon.
Emily Strasser received her MFA in nonfiction from the University of Minnesota. Her essays have appeared in Catapult , Ploughshares , Guernica , Colorado Review , The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists , and Tricycle , and twice listed as notable by Best American Essays . She was a winner of the 2015 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest, and a 2016 AWP Intro Award. Her writing and research have been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the W.K. Rose Fellowship from Vassar College.
Rachel M. Hanson
Rachel M. Hanson holds an MFA from the University of Utah and a PhD in literature and nonfiction from the University of Missouri. Her essays and poems can be found in The Iowa Review , Best New Poets 2016 , Best of the Net Anthology 2015 , Creative Nonfiction , The South Dakota Review , American Literary Review , The Minnesota Review , Entropy Magazine , Ninth Letter , and elsewhere. She is a former nonfiction editor for Quarterly West and currently reads for The Masters Review . In the summers she runs the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, which is the inspiration for her newest collection of essays.
Emily Jaeger is the author of the chapbook The Evolution of Parasites ( Sibling Rivalry Press ) illustrated by Robin Levine. Her poems have appeared in Four Way Review , TriQuarterly , and The Offing among others. Emily received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and she has also received fellowships from Literary Lambda, TENT, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and an Academy of American Poet's Prize.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is from Spring Valley, Rockland County, New York. He is a graduate of the Syracuse MFA program in fiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Broken Pencil Magazine , Pembroke , Compose , Printer's Row , and others. He was a 2016 finalist for the Nelson Algren Literary Award and he is working on his first collection of short fiction.
Erin J. Mullikin
Erin J. Mullikin hails from the deepest earth in South Carolina and has an MFA from Syracuse University, where she edited Salt Hill Journal. She is the author of the chapbooks, When You Approach Me at the Lake of Tomorrow (Slash Pine Press) and Strategies for the Bromidic (dancing girl press), and her poems and short fiction have appeared in elsewhere , Ghost Ocean , Sprung Formal , alice blue review , Phantom , Arts & Letters , and Best New Poets 2014 , among others. She is a founding editor for NightBlock and Midnight City Books .
Thomas Mira y Lopez
Thomas Mira y Lopez is from New York. He has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona, where he worked as nonfiction editor for Sonora Review and managing editor for Fairy Tale Review . His essays appear or are forthcoming in Seneca Review, The Pinch, Hotel Amerika, CutBank and other journals. He has received scholarships from Bread Loaf and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. He is at work on a book of personal essays about cemeteries and burial grounds that explores where we place and how we remember the dead.
D.J. Thielke received her MFA in fiction from Vanderbilt University. Her stories have appeared in Arts&Letters, The Cincinnati Review, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Bat City Review , and Crazyhorse , among others. She was the 2013-2014 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the inaugural fall 2014 Stone Court Writer-in-Residence, and was most recently a summer fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.
Chelsea Biondolillo has a dual MFA in creative writing and environmental studies from the University of Wyoming. In 2012, she was an NSF-funded Think Write Publish communication fellow, and in 2014 she was awarded the Carter Prize for the Essay from Shenandoah . Her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Orion, Sonora Review, Guernica, River Teeth , Hayden's Ferry Review and others. She has written on the art of essay for Essay Daily , Brevity , Passages North , and Creative Nonfiction . Her journalism has appeared in Nautilus , Science, and on state and national public radio. She is currently working on a book about vultures that combines travel, memoir, ecology, and natural history.
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. When he was nine, he migrated to the United States. He is a CantoMundo fellow and has received scholarships from Breadloaf, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA writer's conferences. Zamora’s poems appear in Best New Poets 2013, Narrative Magazine, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Meridian’s Editor’s Poetry Prize, and CONSEQUENCE’s poetry prize.
Caitlin Hayes has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire and an M.F.A in fiction from Syracuse University, where she served as fiction editor for Salt Hill Journal . Her honors include a Joyce Carol Oates Award for short fiction and a scholarship to Bread Loaf. She has stories forthcoming in the New England Review and The Southern Review .
Dong Li’s honors include DAAD (twice), Vermont Studio Center and Henry Luce Foundation fellowships. Born and raised in the People’s Republic of China, Li has degrees from Deep Springs College and Brown University. His work has appeared in Conjunctions and comma , poetry.
Amy Butcher is a graduate of Gettysburg College and the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her essays and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Indiana Review, The Colorado Review, Brevity, The Rumpus, and Hobart , among others, and she is a recent recipient of a Stanley Grant for International Research. She is the managing editor of Defunct and a former intern for the Gettysburg Review , and is currently at work on a book-length essay that meditates on the historic battlefield town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and a murder that recently occurred there. The book considers the nature of friendship and the parameters inherent in the relationships we seek.
Chinelo received her BS from Penn State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Granta, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, The Coffin Factory, Conjunctions, Subtropics , and elsewhere. She has taught at the University of Iowa, where she served as a Dean's Fellow and subsequently as the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer for Fiction. Her short story collection will be published in 2013, followed shortly by her debut novel, tentatively entitled Under The Udara Trees .
Molly Beer is a graduate of Duke University, the Bread Loaf School of English, and the University of New Mexico MFA program, where she served as nonfiction editor for Blue Mesa Review . In addition to the American Southwest, she has lived in El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico, and her subsequent essays grapple with the politics of place. Her most recent work appears in Salon , Guernica , Glimpse , Copper Nickel , and Room Magazine , and she is co-author of Singing Out , an oral history published by Oxford University Press (2010).
George David Clark
George David Clark's honors include a Henry Hoyns Fellowship from the University of Virginia and the Provost's Doctoral Fellowship at Texas Tech. His poems appear in such journals as The Cimarron Review , The North American Review , Quarterly West , Shenandoah , Smartish Pace , Southern Poetry Review , Willow Springs and elsewhere, and can be found reprinted online at Verse Daily and Poetry Daily . He also serves as editor of the journal, 32 Poems .
Jasmine Bailey graduated from Colgate in 2005 and the University of Virginia MFA program in 2010. There, she worked as poetry editor for the semi-annual literary journal, Meridian . Her chapbook of poems, Sleep and What Precedes It , won the Longleaf Press 2009 Chapbook Prize and her book-length collection of poetry, Alexandria , will be published by Carnegie Mellon. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the minnesota review , Poet Lore , 32 Poems , The Carolina Quarterly , The Portland Review , and the Birmingham Poetry Review , among others.
Marjorie Celona studied writing at the University of Victoria and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of the Ailene Barger Barnes Prize for Excellence in the Short Story. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2008), Glimmer Train , Crazyhorse , Best Canadian Stories (2007, 2010, 2012), The Fiddlehead , Indiana Review , and elsewhere. In May, she will be writer-in-residence at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, where she plans to finish her novel.
Sarah Beth Childers
Sarah finds much of her writing inspiration in the creeks, hills, and train tracks around where she grew up in Huntington, West Virginia. She has a bachelor of arts in history from Marshall University and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from West Virginia University. She has taught writing at West Virginia University and medieval literature and history at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. Her work has appeared in SNReview and Paddlefish , and her short story “Red Ribbon” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009
Anthony Eleftherion’s stories have appeared in the Madison Review and Epoch . He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Rutgers University and a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Maytag fellow. A short film he co-wrote received a student academy award, the HBO short film award, the grand jury awards at South by Southwest and Palm Springs Film Festivals, and was an official selection of the Sundance film festival. He is completing a collection of stories about Brooklyn, NY.