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Creative Writing Fellowships

Fellowships to USA Published Writers for
Career Advancement in Creative Writing

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Deadline Date:

03/10/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Fellowships of $25,000 to USA published writers demonstrating artistic excellence to dedicate time to creative literary pursuits and professional advancement. Applicants should register and apply well in advance of the deadline. Applications are currently invited in the category of prose.

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Through this program, the Arts Endowment seeks to sustain and nurture a diverse range of creative writers at various stages of their careers and to continue to expand the portfolio of American art.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2022, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in prose (fiction and nonfiction) are available. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2023 and guidelines will be available in January 2022. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178745

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellowships are for $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2022, and January 1, 2023, and extend for up to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply in Prose if you meet the following requirements:
- You are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- You have not received two or more Fellowships (in poetry, prose, or translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts. If you have received any award from the National Endowment for the Arts, you must have submitted acceptable Final Reports to the Arts Endowment by their due date(s).
- You have not received any National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship on or after January 1, 2013 (FY 2013).
- This is your only application to the Arts Endowment for FY 2022 individual support. You may not apply for both a Literature Fellowship under this deadline and a Translation Project under the January 13, 2021 deadline.
- You have had published, between January 1, 2014, and March 10, 2021:
(i) At least five (5) different short stories, works of short fiction, excerpts from novels or memoirs, or creative essays (or any combination thereof) in two or more literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or publications that regularly include fiction and/or creative nonfiction as a portion of their content; or
(ii) A novel or novella; or
(iii)A volume of short fiction or a collection of short stories; or
(iv) A volume of creative nonfiction.

Not Funded:
- Individuals who previously have received two or more Literature Fellowships (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Individuals who have received any Literature Fellowship (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts on or after January 1, 2013.
- News reporting.
- Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
- Work toward academic degrees.

Pre-Application Information:

The Grants.gov system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 10, 2021. It is strongly recommended that you submit your application no later than March 1, 2021 to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems you might encounter. Expect notification of awards and rejections no earlier than December 2021.

Before submitting an application to the Arts Endowment, you must register or renew your registration with Grants.gov. Registration with Grants.gov is a one-time process, which can take a day or more to complete. To allow time to resolve any issues that may arise, do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?dpp=1&oppId=330313

You may apply only once each year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202-682-5034 or email LitFellowships@arts.gov.

For problems with registration contact Grants.gov at 1-800-518-4726 or email support@grants.gov.

Office of Grants Management
National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC, 20506
Telephone (202) 682-5403
FAX (202) 682-5610
grants@arts.gov

CFDA Number:

45.024

Funding or Pin Number:

2021NEA03LFCW

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