Fiction, Non-Fiction & Poetry Fellowships

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National Endowment For the Arts (All USA)

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2012, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in prose are available.  Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2013 and guidelines will be available in January 2012. Individuals may apply only once each year.

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The Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship (Massachusetts- Housing Provided)

The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. Residencies run from October 1 through May 1. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. A historic fishing port, Provincetown is situated at the tip of Cape Cod in an area of spectacular natural beauty, surrounded by miles of dunes and National Seashore beaches.

  • Qualifications:  Fine Arts Work Center Fellowships are open to writers and visual artists in the emerging stages of their careers. Fellows may be citizens of any country. Juries of working writers and artists make the admissions decisions. Writers may apply in fiction and poetry. In the visual arts, 2D, 3D and time-based work is considered. The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Website: http://web.fawc.org/program

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Cintas Foundation Fiction Fellowship (All USA- Ethnic Based)

A fellowship of $15,000 will be given biennially for a fiction writer of Cuban descent to pursue a writing project. Cuban citizens, or writers with a Cuban parent or grandparent, who are not pursuing academic studies are eligible. Submit two copies of a fiction manuscript of up to 25 pages and two letters of recommendation by January 14, 2008. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

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University of Notre Dame Press: Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (All USA- Ethnic Based)

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a Latino poet who has not yet published a book. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages by January 15, 2008. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

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James Jones First Novel Fellowship (All USA)

The fellowship will be awarded to an American author of a first novel-in-progress, in 2012, by the James Jones Literary Society. Novellas and collections of closely linked short stories may also be considered for the competition.  The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture exemplified by the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and other prose narratives of distinction. Jones himself was the recipient of aid from many supporters as a young writer and his family, friends, and admirers have established this award of $10,000 to continue the tradition in his name. Two runner up awards of $750 each will also be given by the Jones Literary Society.

  • Qualifications:   The competition is open to United States citizens who have not previously published a novel. Manuscripts may be submitted for publication simultaneously, but the Society must be notified of acceptance elsewhere. Officers of the James Jones Society are not eligible for the award.
  • Website: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1159.asp
**Note: $25 Fee
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Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships (All USA)

Five fellowships of $15,000 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of March 31 are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit 10 pages of poetry, a one-page writer’s statement, and a list of publications by March 31. There is no entry fee.

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Astraea Foundation: The Lesbian Writers Fund & Global Arts Fund (All USA)

Provides grants to emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers across the US. * Note: the past cycle (2013) application was via invite only

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PEN Center USA: Emerging Voices Fellowship (Los Angeles NO Housing Provided)

Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship program that over the course of the year, each Emerging Voices fellow participates in: a professional mentorship; hosted Q & A evenings with prominent local authors; a series of Master classes focused on genre; and two or more public readings. The fellowship includes a $1,000 stipend. Based in Los Angeles with weekly meetings and an intense reading and writing schedule. Participants should be willing and able to make an enthusiastic commitment to the program in and to their involvement as members of a group. If you are not a resident of Los Angeles and you are awarded the fellowship you will need to relocate for the eight-month program. Housing is not provided.

Qualifications:  You must NOT be one of the following…

  • Writers who work in academia and publishing.
  • B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. graduates in Creative Writing.
  • Students currently enrolled in B.A., M.A., or M.F.A. programs
  • Full PEN members
  • Writers with significant publication credits, fellowships, and writing awards/grants. For instance, people who have books published
  • and former or current magazine/newspaper staff writers are ineligible.
  • Writers with an agent or publishing contracts.
  • Applicants under the age of 18.

 Website: http://www.penusa.org/programs/emerging-voices

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Hedgebrook Writers in Residence (Washington State- Housing Provided)

Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer. Residents are housed in six handcrafted cottages, where they spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the no-cost residencies of approximately 40 women writers at the retreat each year.

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Brown University International Writers Project

(International Appl. Only)

The International Writers Project provides institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support to writers who face personal danger and threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world.  Each academic year, the Project sponsors a resident fellowship for one writer who feels unable to practice free expression at home.  Fellowships cover the costs of relocation and the writer’s expenses in the U.S., and provide an office on the campus of Brown University for ten months.

2 comments on “Fiction, Non-Fiction & Poetry Fellowships

  1. Miss Ariel says:

    Thank you! I am about to graduate from SF State with an MFA, and am trying to figure out what the heck is next! This cite is calmin’ my nerves:)

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