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Applications Now Open for the $15,000 Steinbeck Fellows Program

Applications Now Open for the $15,000 Steinbeck Fellows Program
Applications are currently being accepted for the Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University. The program offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU.

The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the University’s creative writing program. While the program is named in honour of John Steinbeck, there does not need to be any direct connection between Steinbeck’s works and that of the applicant.

One-year fellowships, each with a stipend of US$15,000 (increased from $10,000 in 2018), are open to writers of fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography. Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens. The number of fellowships offered varies each year; for 2018/19 there were six fellows. Writers may not be enrolled in an academic degree program during the fellowship period and there is no application fee.

The selected fellows must give a public reading once each semester during the fellowship and are expected to live in the San José area during the academic year (approximately 1 September 2019 to 20 May 2020).

To apply writers must provide:

  • a proposal or prospectus for the work to be written (one to three pages including basic timeline)
  • a resumé
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a writing sample of no more than 25 pages

Applications close on Wednesday 2 January 2019. For further details and to apply visit the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies website.

Read John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for Aspiring Writers.