PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship: Apply Now for 2020

Components of the PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship include guidance from a professional mentor, genre-specific master classes, professional author photos and a $1000 stipend.

The PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career.

The project grew out of PEN America Los Angeles’s forum “Writing the Immigrant Experience,” held at the Los Angeles Central Library in March 1994, which explored the issues and challenges faced by first and second generation immigrant writers.

The Emerging Voices Fellowship runs from January to July 2020. Participants need not be published, but the fellowship is directed toward poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing.

While Emerging Voices encourages applications from writers living all over the United States, this rigorous fellowship is based in Los Angeles. Weekly meetings combine with an intense reading and writing schedule. If you are not a resident of Los Angeles, and you are awarded the fellowship you will need to relocate for the seven month period, from January to July of 2020. Housing is not provided.

Components of the Emerging Voices Fellowship Include:

  • Guidance from a professional mentor, chosen from a curated list of authors.
  • Private Author Evenings with writers, agents, editors and publishers.
  • Genre-specific master classes.
  • UCLA Extension Writers’ Program classes.
  • Submissions, social media and marketing, and personal essay workshops.
  • A professional voice instruction class and recording session.
  • A volunteer opportunity.
  • Professional author photos and bio.
  • Three public readings in Los Angeles.
  • A $1,000 stipend.

People ineligible for the Emerging Voices Fellowship:

  • Those who have a B.A., M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. in Creative Writing.
  • Students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
  • Writers who have published one or more books through major publishing houses, university presses, or established presses.
  • Current professional magazine and or newspaper feature writers or editors.
  • Writers who are widely published in top-tier literary journals and/or magazines.
  • Anyone under the age of 21.

Applications are open until 11.59pm (Pacific time) on Thursday 1 August 2019. For further information and to apply visit the PEN America website.