APPLY TO THE 2016 PROGRAM
This program is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. We will be selecting between nine and fifteen writers in 2016 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
• A Center for Fiction membership that includes borrowing privileges for our collection of new fiction and fiction-related titles
• 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 for publication 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.
Applications are due via our online Submission Manager by 11pm on February 29, 2016. Please follow these instructions carefully as incomplete applications will not be read.
Please submit a fiction writing sample, not to exceed 7,500 words, submitted as a double-spaced Word document or pdf through our Submission Manager. 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 7,500. If submitting multiple pieces for your sample, please combine them into one attachment). Please do not include any personal or identifying information on your writing sample.
Once you have received an email confirmation of your sample submission, email a PDF or jpeg scan showing proof of residency and a one-page resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. A New York driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card is the preferred proof of residency. A PDF of a current utility bill may also be used to show residency. If you are a full-time resident of New York City, but do not have any of these items, please e-mail email@example.com to discuss other proof of residency that may be provided.
Please note that we do not wish to receive application cover letters. Instead, please include your mailing address and phone number in the email with your proof of residency and resume attachments. 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 resume.
The 2015 Center for Fiction Fellows were: Naomi Feigelson Chase, Lisa Chen, Nicola DeRobertis-Theye, t’ai freedom ford, Anu Jindal, Stephen Langlois, Melissa Rivero, Samantha Storey, and Ruchika Tomar.
Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2015.
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.
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.
The 2012 Center for Fiction fellows were: Leopoldine Core, Rosalie Knecht, Lisa Lee, Daniel Long, Manuel Martinez, Tracy O'Neill, Tim O'Sullivan, Jackie Reitzes, and Seamus Scanlon.
Click here for the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2012.
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.