Thursday, March 22, 2012

Emerging Writers Fellowship: The Writer's Center

Emerging Writers Fellowship

The Writer’s Center, metropolitan Washington, D.C.’s community gathering place for writers and readers, will be accepting submissions for the competitive Emerging Writer Fellowships for Fall 2012. We welcome submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Selected Fellows may be invited to lead a one-day Saturday workshop at The Writer’s Center, with compensation commensurate with standard Writer’s Center provisions.

Fellows receive an honorarium to help offset their travel costs.

Fellows for Fall 2011/Spring 2012 include nonfiction writers Ellis Avery (The Last Nude) and Angela Woodward (The Human Mind); poets Traci Brimhall (Lady of the Ruins), Joanne Diaz (The Lessons), Christopher Goodrich (Nevertheless Hello), and fiction writer Ira Sukrungruang (Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy).

Emerging Writer Fellows will:

--have 1 or 2 full-length single-author books published in a single genre, and no more than 3 books published to their credit (including as editors of anthologies) in any genre. Chapbooks and pamphlets will not be calculated into an author’s total publication record and cannot be substituted for a full-length single-author book. Self-published titles or vanity press titles are not admissible and will not be considered.
--be judged in the category in which their submitted creative selection falls. In cases of cross-genre work or multiple-genre work, our staff will determine the genre of consideration.
--have published books “in hand” or be in the uncorrected proof stage of publication at the time of their submission.

To be considered, please send:

--a one-page letter of interest that includes the name of your creative selection and a short bio
--a resume or CV that details publication history and familiarity facilitating group discussions or workshops
--a creative selection from your most recent published book-length work in a Word document or RTF format:

Poetry: up to 10 pages of poems (1 poem per page).
Fiction & Nonfiction: up to 16 pages of text double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

Your creative selection does not need to be one excerpt, but can be comprised of multiple sections or excerpts up to but not exceeding the total page limit. A committee comprised of The Writer’s Center board members, workshop leaders, and members will evaluate submissions on behalf of our community of writers.

All submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 29, 2012.
Applicants are welcome to contact Zachary Fernebok, Marketing & Program Manager, with questions or for more information at 301-654-8664 or by e-mail.

Please send your submission materials to
The Writer's Center
Attn: Laura Spencer
Re: Emerging Writer Fellowship
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

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