NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship


Announcing our 2018 Emerging Writers Fellows

Congratulations to Cara Blue AdamsMariam BazeedDiane ChangSidik FofanaKim Coleman FooteChantal JohnsonJeremy J. KampsKatherine Augusta Mayfield, and Kimarlee Nguyen, our 2018 Emerging Writers Fellows!
This program is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. The 2018 fellows were selected in a blind judging by our panel: Hannah Lillith Assadi (Sonora), Jaroslav Kalfar (Spaceman of Bohemia), and Weike Wang (Chemistry).

Click here to view video of the fellows reading from their work in October 2018.


Cara Blue Adams’s stories appear in The Kenyon Review, Epoch, The Missouri Review, The Mississippi Review, The Sun, and Narrative. She is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize and the Missouri Review Peden Prize and has been awarded scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Lighthouse Works, and the VCCA, along with a 2016-17 New York-Quebec Artist Exchange Grant. She is completing a story collection and a novel. Originally from Vermont, she lives in Brooklyn.


Mariam Bazeed is a non-binary Egyptian immigrant living in a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. She has an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College, and is at work on a collection of stories and her first novel. In addition to being a writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam is a singer and performance artist. Her work has been published in print and online, and she has been a recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, and Lambda Literary. She has been awarded residencies at the Marble House Project, the Millay Colony, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Hedgebrook. Her play, Peace Camp Org, a Queer anti-Zionist musical comedy, will be staged at the Wild Project as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival in July 2018. Mariam runs a monthly world-music salon in Brooklyn, and is a slow student of Arabic music.  


Diane Chang has an MFA from the University of Michigan and an MD from the University of Chicago. She currently works as a physician caring for the incarcerated at Rikers Island. She has received two Hopwood Awards, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a Fulbright grant to write in Shanghai. Her fiction and creative non-fiction appear in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Green Mountains Review, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. She lives in Queens with her husband and son and is working on a novel.


Sidik Fofana received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and teaches public school in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Epiphany and the Sewanee Review.


Kim Coleman Foote is a writer of fiction, essays, and experimental prose. In addition to an NEA Literature Fellowship and a NYFA Fellowship in fiction, she has received writing fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Hedgebrook, Illinois Arts Council, and elsewhere. Her work has appeared in The Missouri ReviewBlack Renaissance Noire, FLAPPERHOUSECrab Orchard Review, The Literary Review, and more. She is currently working on a novel about the trans-Atlantic slave trade and a story collection fictionalizing her family's experience of the Great Migration from Alabama to New Jersey. She grew up in New Jersey and now calls Brooklyn home.

Chantal Johnson holds an MA in English from New York University and a JD from Stanford Law School. She is a Senior Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services, where she represents tenants facing eviction. She is currently finishing her first novel and beginning an essay collection on feminist ethics, psychology, and mental health law.

Jeremy J. Kamps grew up in rural Wisconsin and now lives in Brooklyn. His fiction has received publication in The Madison Review as well as the H.E. Francis Award (“The Source of Everything”), the Tom Howard/John Reid Fiction Prize (“Drawing Water”), The Little Patuxent (“Locked Out”). Also a playwright, his plays have been produced/developed with The Public Theater, The Fountain Theater (LA), Company Cypher, Ugly Rhino, Spectrum Theater Ensemble and Esperance Theater Company. MFA: NYU. 

Katherine Augusta Mayfield is a graduate of the Columbia University MFA program. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in No Tokens and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her novella, “But If You Tame Me, Then We Shall Need Each Other,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center, Rufus Stone, and Gullkistan. She lives in Queens and is at work on her first novel, The Reenactors.


As a full-time English teacher at The Brooklyn Latin School, Kimarlee Nguyen spends an inordinate amount of time trying to find new ways to make essay-writing fun for fourteen-year olds. The rest of her free time is devoted to writing her first novel. A recent graduate of Long Island University's MFA program, Kimarlee's fiction has appeared in PANK, Hyphen Magazine and The Adroit Journal, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from VONA, The Fine Arts Work Center, The Key West Literary Seminar and the Anderson Center at Towerview.







This program is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. We will be selecting nine writers in 2018 and during the one-year fellowship period grantees will receive:


  • • A grant of $5,000
  • • The option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor
  • • The opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers
  • • Free admission to all Center events for one year, including tickets to our First Novel Fete and benefit dinner as space allows
  • • 30% discount on tuition at select writing workshops at the Center
  • • Two public readings as part of our annual program of events and inclusion in an anthology distributed to industry professionals
  • • A professional headshot with a photographer for personal publicity use 



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, even if the focus of study is not directly related to writing. 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. If at any point during the judging process an applicant signs a contract with a publisher or accepts an offer to study in a degree-granting program, he or she must alert us immediately to have the application pulled from consideration. Please email with any questions or concerns.


Thanks to everyone who applied for the 2018 fellowship. We will open for applications to the 2019 cycle in January.



Our 2017 Fellows


Our 2017 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows were Amna Ahmad, Charlotte Crowe, Dana Czapnik, Erik Hoel, Andrew Mangan, Crystal Powell, Maud Streep, Alexandra Tanner, and Hubert Vigilla. All photos by Roque Nonini. These photos were provided as part of the fellowship.


Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2017.



Our 2016 Fellows



Our 2016 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows were Daniel DiStefano, Marie Holmes, Kay Iguh, Swati Khurana, Hafeez Lakhani, Danny Lorberbaum, Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes, Dan Sheehan, and Erin Somers. All photos by Roque Nonini. These photos were provided as part of the fellowship.


Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2016.


2015 Fellows















The 2015 Center for Fiction Fellows were: Naomi Feigelson ChaseLisa ChenNicola DeRobertis-Theye, t’ai freedom ford, Anu Jindal, Stephen Langlois, Melissa Rivero, Samantha Storey, and Ruchika Tomar. All photos by misaki matsui. These photos were provided as part of the fellowship. 


Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2015.



2014 Fellows


Lisa Armstrong (Brooklyn), Cedrick Mendoza-Tolentino (Manhattan), Stephanie Miki Arndt (Manhattan), Dwyer Murphy (Brooklyn), Zeeva Bukai (Brooklyn), Belal Rafiq (Manhattan), Elysha Chang (Brooklyn), Wil Weitzel (Manhattan), and Su-Yee Lin (Queens).


Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2014.




2013 Fellows




The 2013 Center for Fiction Fellows were: Lexi Freiman, Patricia Park, Jane Rose Porter, Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, Bezalel Stern, Lauren Wilkinson, Brennen Wysong, and Courtney Zoffness.


Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in September 2013.





2012 Fellows



The 2012 Center for Fiction fellows were: Leopoldine CoreRosalie KnechtLisa LeeDaniel Long, Manuel MartinezTracy O'Neill, Tim O'SullivanJackie Reitzes, and Seamus Scanlon


Click here for the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2012.





2011 Fellows


The 2011 Center for Fiction Fellows were: Ted Bajek, Marie-Helene Bertino, Mitchell Jackson, Caleb Leisure, Geneviève Mathis, Elizabeth Shah-Hosseini, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan and James Yeh.


Click here to watch the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2011.





The Center for Fiction Fellowships for NYC Early Career Writers are made possible through a grant from The Jerome Foundation with matching funds from individual donors.


Please join The Jerome Foundation in supporting New York City's most talented early career writers, and help us grow this important program. 



Books by

Our Former Fellows!

Safe As Houses

by Marie-Helene Bertino

2 a.m. at The Cat's Pajamas

by Marie-Helene Bertino

The Journals of Empress Galla Placidia from her Faithful Servant Lepida
  by Naomi Feigelson Chase

When Watched

by Leopoldine Core



how to get over

by t'ai freedom ford




by Lexi Freiman



  The Residue Years

by Mitchell S. Jackson



  Relief Map

by Rosalie Knecht



Who is Vera Kelly

by Rosalie Knecht



 The Hopeful

by Tracy O'Neill

Re Jane

by Patricia Park

  Go To Hells: An Updated Guide to Dante's Underworld by Onnesha Roychoudhuri



The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America

by Onnesha Roychoudhuri



Restless Souls

by Dan Sheehan


  As Close As You'll Ever Be

by Seamus Scanlon


  Blue Talk and Love

by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan