About the NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship
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.
We are now closed for 2016 submissions, thank you to everyone who sent us their work. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by the end of June.
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. 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.
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.