The NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship Program
This grant is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. Nine writers will be selected in 2015 and during the one-year fellowship period will receive:
- A grant of $4,000
- 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
- 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
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.
The submission period for the 2015 Emerging Writers Fellowship is now closed and no longer accepting applications. The grantees will be announced in May.
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.