Homebound, and news for Rhode Island Writers

Well, my travel plans (and those of many others who’d intended to rendez-vous and talk books in South Florida) have changed. I think we’re all much more wary about impending hurricanes these days, no matter where we live.

In other news, Rhode Island writers should take note of this opportunity: The Robert & Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships annually. This year the fellowships are open to writers (the opportunity rotates among composers, writers, and visual artists). Eligible genres include prose fiction (“including poetry for the page and stage”), novels, short stories, scriptwriting (“for the stage and screen”), and “experimental forms.” Applicants must be Rhode Island residents at time of application and during the fellowship. Applications are due at the Rhode Island Foundation by 5PM on November 30, 2005. No application fee. For more information and the application, visit the website.

Are you a writer in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania?

Attention, writers resident in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania. The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Artists & Communities program “offers support to partnerships between visiting artists and non-profit organizations engaged in community-based projects.”

The partnerships must take place with organizations within the Foundation’s service area (which comprises Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia). Artists (defined as “choreographers, composers, poets, writers, filmmakers, media and visual artists”) receive support “in collaborative partnerships outside their home community with arts and/or community organizations. These projects serve to motivate and encourage people to examine issues of importance to them, thereby increasing appreciation of the role of the arts in community life. The projects must involve active participation by members of the host community.”

Eligible projects run between 1-6 months. Grants “will usually range between $5,000 and $20,000” and are administered by the host organization. Application deadline: December 2, 2005. See very extensive guidelines and information at the website.

Attention, Philadelphia Poets!

Guidelines and applications for the 2006 Pew Fellowships in the Arts are now available. This year fellowship applications are welcome in the fields of poetry, performance art, and sculpture and installation. Grants of $50,000 are awarded to selected applicants, who must be “verifiable Pennsylvania residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County for two years or longer immediately prior to the application deadline.” There is NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED. Click here for more information and application forms.

Attention, New York Writers!

The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts offers both summer fellowships (one-month residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony open to all New York State artists and writers over 21 years of age–categories include poetry; fiction and creative nonfiction; photography; and painting, sculpture, and other visual arts) and individual artist grants ($5,000 grants open to writers and visual artists living in specified New York State central and western counties). For 2006, individual artist grant categories include works on paper; photography; poetry; and creative nonfiction. The application deadline for both programs is January 15, 2006. For more information, including detailed eligibility guidelines and the required forms, visit the website.