NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship

APPLY TO THE 2019 PROGRAM

 

We will be selecting nine writers in 2019 and during the one-year fellowship period grantees will receive:


  • • A grant of $5,000
  • • The opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers
  • • Space and time to write in our Writers’ Studio
  • • 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  

 

Criteria:

 

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. 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. Please email sara@centerforfiction.org with any questions or concerns.

 

Application Guidelines:

 

Applications are due via our online Submission Manager by 11pm on February 15, 2019. 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 through our Submission Manager. The submission must include page numbers. The writing sample may be either a novel excerpt or one complete short story. If you write primarily “flash fiction” or “short shorts” (1,000 words or less) you are permitted to submit multiple stories as long as the total word count does not exceed the previously stated limit. Please do not include any personal or identifying information on your writing sample.

 

Once your submission has successfully uploaded, email a PDF or jpeg scan showing proof of residency and a one-page resume to submissions@centerforfiction.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 sara@centerforfiction.org 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.


 

Our 2018 Fellows

 

 

 

Congratulations to Cara Blue AdamsMariam BazeedDiane ChangSidik FofanaKim Coleman FooteChantal JohnsonJeremy J. KampsKatherine Augusta Mayfield, and Kimarlee Nguyen, our 2018 Emerging Writers Fellows!

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

 

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.


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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

 

 

Inappropriation

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