Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Writing Fellowship: Center for Fiction


This grant is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. Nine writers will be selected in 2014 and during the one-year fellowship period will receive:

A grant of $4,000
--Space and time to write in the Center’s Writers Studio, available 24/7
--The option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor
--The opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers
--Access to our Writer’s Collection of books on the craft of writing as well as career-oriented publications such as Literary Marketplace
--A Center for Fiction membership that includes borrowing privileges for our collection of 80,000 volumes of fiction and fiction-related titles
--Free admission to all Center events for one year, including our
--Craftwork lectures series on writing
--30% discount on tuition at select writing workshops at the Center
--Two public readings as part of our annual program of events
--The opportunity to submit new work to the Center’s Literarian online magazine


Applicants must be current residents of one of the five boroughs, and must remain in New York City for the entire year of the fellowship.
Students in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply.
This program supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence. Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early  stages of their careers as fiction writers and will not have had the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. We define “emerging writer” as someone who has not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction. Eligible applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement.

Application Guidelines
Applications are due to:

grantsATcenterforfictionDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

by 11pm on January 31, 2014.The following items needed to be sent as separate
attachments in your application:

A one-page resume

A fiction writing sample, not to exceed 10,000 words, submitted as a double-spaced Word document or pdf. The submission must include page numbers. The writing sample may be either a novel excerpt or a complete short story (multiple stories/excerpts in one submission are acceptable as long as the total word count does not exceed 10,000).

A PDF or jpeg scan showing proof of residency – preferably a New York driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card. A PDF of a current bill or pay stub may also be used to show residency (feel free to ink out any  sensitive information). If you are a full-time resident of New York City, but do not have any of these items,please e-mail:

kristinATcenterforfictionDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .) 

to discuss other proof of residency that may be provided.

Please note that we do not wish to receive application cover letters. Instead, in the email accompanying the above attachments, please list your mailing address and phone number. Please do not include any other information unless absolutely necessary, such as questions or comments relating to your eligibility or the submission process. All career and other professional information should be provided only in your attached one-page resume.

All applicants will be notified of the results in April 2014.

- See more here.

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