Apply to the 2015 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.


Application Guidelines


Applications are due to by 11pm on January 31, 2015. The following items need to be sent as separate attachments in your application:


A one-page resume


A fiction writing sample, not to exceed 10,000 words, submitted as a double-spaced Word document or pdf. 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 10,000. 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.


A PDF or jpeg scan showing proof of residency – preferably a New York driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card. 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 to discuss other proof of residency that may be provided. Please be aware that The Center offices are closed on Saturdays so those with queries are advised to contact us by Friday the 30th to ensure a timely reply.


Please note that we do not wish to receive application cover letters. Instead, in the email accompanying the above attachments, please list your mailing address and phone number. 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 attached one-page resume.



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.