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The Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship Program for Emerging Writers is Accepting Applications

Fine Arts Work Center Emerging Writer Fellowships

Former Fine Arts Work Center Fellows include Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Tyehimba Jess, Ada Limón, Ann Patchett, Jhumpa Lahiri and Jacqueline Woodson.

Applications are open for the Fine Arts Work Center’s unique seven-month residency for emerging writers in the crucial early stages of their careers.

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA),  is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of emerging writers and visual artists. The Work Center is internationally known for its seven-month residency program granting fellowships to emerging writers and artists, as well as its open enrollment Summer Workshop Program, an online writing program and a series of year-round cultural events and exhibitions.

Each year the Fine Arts Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to ten emerging writers. Since the Center’s founding, more than 800 Fellowships have been awarded. Fellows have gone on to win virtually every major national award in their respective fields, including the Pulitzer, MacArthur, Whiting, Pollock-Krasner, Tiffany, Prix de Rome, Guggenheim, NEA, and National Book Award.

The writers selected for the program each receive a living/workspace at the Center and a monthly stipend of $750. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. The residencies run from 1 October 2020 to 30 April 2021 and Fellows must live full-time in Provincetown during this time.

This Fellowship is only open to writers who have not published a full-length book of creative work in any genre (or have a contract to publish a book). It is open to all writers regardless of citizenship and there are no age restrictions.

Each year, five fellowships are awarded in poetry and five fellowships are awarded in fiction. In the past, some applicants have chosen to submit memoir/nonfiction writing samples to the fiction jury; these manuscripts are then judged as a work of fiction, against a group of fiction manuscripts.

With their application fiction writers can submit either short stories or an excerpt from a novel. Poets may submit 15 pages of poetry. All applications must be accompanied by a $50 application fee – no waivers are available.

The application deadline for the 2020/21 Fellowship program is Monday 2 December 2019. For further information and to apply visit the Fine Arts Work Center website.

Explore our complete list of writers residencies and fellowships in 2019