Here’s a goodie from our archive: a compilation of fellowship and writer-in-residence positions of particular interest to new/recent MFA grads. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!
Last night I had the amazing opportunity to attend a celebration marking the tenth anniversary of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at Baruch College of The City University of New York. Apart from the chance to meet and chat with Lorrie Moore, one of the program’s first visiting writers who came back to campus for this event (and author of some of my all-time favorite short stories), I also discovered some terrific news: Another of my literary idols, Francine Prose (see my review of her Reading Like a Writer here), will be the Fall 2008 Harman Writer-in-Residence. Lucky Baruch students who will have the chance to work with her, and lucky me who, you can bet, will be keeping tabs on the Harman Program site for the announcement of Prose’s public reading in October.
If you’re a fiction writer under the age of 30 you’ll want to pay attention (and do it fast, because the submission deadline is February 15) to this contest from The Kenyon Review. Alice Hoffman will be the final judge; stories must be 1200 words or shorter. “The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2008 Writers Workshop, June 14th to the 21st, in beautiful Gambier, Ohio.” No entry fee.
If you didn’t catch this news already at my super-special AWP blog, here it is once again. “The State-to-State Poets Exchange offers emerging poets from New York City and Minnesota the opportunity to expand the reach of their work by connecting to an active literary community outside their home state. For the first event, an emerging New York City-based poet will travel to Minnesota, meet with seasoned editors and literary presenters, and give a public reading and on-stage interview focused on his or her current work in progress.” The selected poet will also receive an honorarium of $500; the on-stage interview will be transcribed and published in Rain Taxi Review of Books. The second event will bring a Minnesota poet to New York. No application fees. More information/details on eligibility here. There’s no time to waste here, either: New York poets must apply by February 15.
Seattle’s Hugo House is now seeking writers for its Belltown Residency program, which provides two writers with subsidized housing as well as the opportunity to teach in the Hugo House’s writing classes. Application deadline: April 11, 2008. No application fee. More information here.
“Send us your stories! For the 2009 Albuquerque Almanac, an annual calendar, guide and selection of articles about Albuquerque, featuring writing by local writers on local subjects. We welcome essays, poems, short stories and other as-of-yet undiscovered kinds of writing of any length (though we reserve the right to edit and shorten). Writers will receive $30 for each accepted submission. Deadline is July 30, 2008. To submit or request guidelines, email mandy(at)streetsweeperpress(dot)com or snail mail ABQ Almanac, PO Box 153, Cedar Crest, NM 87008.” (via New Mexico CultureNet newsletter).
Wolsak & Wynn, an Ontario-based publisher, accepts poetry samples and manuscripts between January 1 and March 31 each year. Check the guidelines here. (via placesforwriters)
Finally, here are some job listings for good measure:
Visiting Assistant Professor (“Duties: Teach fiction, poetry, screenplay, documentary, playwriting, nonfiction, new media writing, journalism or related topics.”), University of California at Riverside
Endowed Chair in Creative Writing (fiction), Meredith College (North Carolina)
Media Relations Coordinator, Mars Hill College (North Carolina)
Writer, Stony Brook University (New York)
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2020
What next? That question confronts many MFA candidates nearing graduation. The soon-to-be degreed writer has just spent (typically) two years submitting manuscripts to workshops and receiving critiques. She has completed a book-length work and therefore fulfilled the creative thesis requirement. Now she possesses readers’ comments on that work, too. It’s clear that she must revise to get that first book fully ready for publication. But who can guarantee the time or resources to support this next crucial stage?
Some fellowship and writer-in-residence opportunities allow emerging writers to continue crafting their work, often with both financial and intellectual support. Most offer the comfort and camaraderie of an artistic or academic community, as well. While not all programs require a graduate degree in creative writing, some do; others often expect the teaching ability and level of accomplishment frequently associated with having earned a graduate-level degree. For some programs, in fact, teaching is an integral part of the fellowship.
On this page I will try to keep a comprehensive (and current) list of these opportunities. Please let me know (in comments) about additional programs you think belong here, and/or about any problems you may encounter with the links.
Please note that I am not intending for this list to focus on relatively short-term residencies, or, with a few exceptions, on programs that seem to expect writers to have published a book before application. If you want to locate more opportunities along those lines, I suggest that you consult the Alliance of Artist Communities and ResArtis websites.
Note also that deadlines (and application fees, when applicable—yes, unfortunately, some of these applications will cost money to submit) can vary and may even change within a given fellowship program from year to year. Be sure to check with each program for updated information, as well as for detailed eligibility and application guidelines.
Finally, recognize that some fellowships are not offered yearly, and some rotate disciplines/area of literary focus (alternating between poetry and prose, for example).
- Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowships
- Bard Fiction Prize
- George Bennett Fellowship (Phillips Exeter Academy)
- Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation and Post-MFA Fellowships (Williams College)
- Children’s Writer-in-Residence Program (Boston Public Library)
- Emory University Creative Writing Fellowships
- Fine Arts Work Center Fellowships
- Hodder Fellowships (Princeton University)
- Hub City Writers Project Writers House Residencies
- Jesse J. Jones Writing Fellowship (for early-career writers who meet one of the following criteria: being a native Texan, (2) having resided in Texas at least three years at some time, or (3) having published significant work with a Texas subject.)
- Kenyon Review Fellowships (Kenyon College)
- Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Transitional Residencies (These residencies don’t last quite so long as the other opportunities listed here, but I’m including the program because a) the “transitional residencies” are targeted specifically to recent graduates and b) the KHN Center graciously hosted me for two weeks right after I finished my MFA program.)
- Milton Center Fellowship at Image (Seattle Pacific University)
- New York University Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships (MFA-grad applicants are eligible: “Applicants with terminal degrees in their field may apply as long as they are preparing for a career in university teaching and research.”)
- Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing (Colgate University)
- Ann Plato Fellowship (Trinity College)
- Princeton Arts Fellowships (Princeton University)
- Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing (Bucknell University)
- Shearing Fellowships (Black Mountain Institute/University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
- Stadler Fellowship (Bucknell University)
- Wallace Stegner Fellowships (Stanford University)
- Steinbeck Fellows Program (San Jose State University)
- Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship (The Gilman School)
- UT Austin Provost’s Office Early Career Fellowships
- Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships (University of Wisconsin)
Some opportunities do not seem to maintain permanent webpages with current application instructions. In these cases, you’d be wise to check directly with the institutional employment offices and/or academic-job websites for announcements and updates. (You can also Google strategically.) Here are a few leads:
- Columbia College Chicago’s Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts & Sciences Emerging Writer-in-Residence
- Cornell College’s Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellowship
- Gettysburg College’s Emerging Writer Lectureship
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Trias Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship
- John Carroll University’s Hopkins Post-Graduate Fellowship in Fiction/Non-Fiction
- Penn State Altoona’s Resident Writers
- The Seven Hills School Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Writer-in-Residence
- The University of Dayton’s Herbert W. Martin Fellowship in Creative Writing and Diversity