NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship


This grant is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. Nine writers will be selected in 2014 and during the one-year fellowship period will receive:

  • A grant of $4,000
  • Space and time to write in the Center’s Writers Studio, available 24/7
  • The option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor
  • The opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers
  • Access to our Writer’s Collection of books on the craft of writing as well as career-oriented publications such as Literary Marketplace
  • A Center for Fiction membership that includes borrowing privileges for our collection of 80,000 volumes of fiction and fiction-related titles
  • 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
  • The opportunity to submit new work to the Center’s Literarian online magazine




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 must include the following items, 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).

  • 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 bill or pay stub may also be used to show residency (feel free to ink out any sensitive information). 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 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. 


The application period for the 2014 program is now closed. All applicants will be notified of the results in May 2014.




2013 Fellows


The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce that the following writers have received fellowships: Lexi Freiman (Brooklyn), Patricia Park (Queens), Jane Rose Porter (Brooklyn), Onnesha Roychoudhuri (Brooklyn), Ricco Villanueva Siasoco (Manhattan), Bezalel Stern (Manhattan), Lauren Wilkinson (Manhattan), Brennen Wysong (Manhattan), and Courtney Zoffness (Brooklyn). 



Lexi Freiman completed a writing MFA at Columbia University in 2012 and now works as an editor. She has recently been published in The Literary Review and is at work on a collection of shorts. She is from Australia, but lives in Brooklyn. 







Patricia Park was born and raised in NYC and teaches writing at CUNY Queens College. She graduated from Swarthmore College and received her MFA in Fiction from Boston University. In 2009 she was a Fulbright scholar in Creative Arts to South Korea. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Slice Magazine, Korea Times, and others. She is at work on her first novel, a modern-day rewrite of Jane Eyre.



Jane Rose Porter has published essays and articles in The Kenyon Review, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek Magazine, Men's Health, Entrepreneur, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She was awarded a Jentel Artist Residency and is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Jane has a B.A. in English from Brown University, where she was a Rose Writing Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn and is completing her first novel.



Onnesha Roychoudhuri is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. A 2011 and 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in n+1Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe Boston ReviewMcSweeney'sThe RumpusOpium,The NationThe American ProspectSalonMother Jones, and others. A graduate of Bard College and a recipient of an MFA from San Francisco State University, she has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and Blue Mountain Center. She is currently at work on her first novel as well as a collection of essays.


ricco siasocoRicco Villanueva Siasoco has published fiction in The North American Review, Joyland, and numerous anthologies, including Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. He has received honors and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center and PEN New England. Ricco received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and taught creative writing at Boston College, where he was the managing editor of Post Road. He is at work on his first novel.



bezelel sternBezalel Stern grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from Brandeis University and Columbia Law School. His fiction has been published in McSweeney's, Contrary MagazineWigleafkill authorIdentity TheoryLacuna, Untoward Magazine, and SmokeLong Quarterly . He is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.





lauren wilkinsonLauren Wilkinson grew up in New York and lives on the Lower East Side. She received her MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University, where she has also taught creative writing.  Her fiction has appeared in Granta and she's a founding member of the Birdsong Arts Collective. She is currently at work on her first novel.





brennan wysongBrennen Wysong grew up in West Virginia, but he has lived in Manhattan for the last 10 years. His fiction has appeared in such journals as The Georgia ReviewShenandoahAQR, and Gargoyle. He has published poetry in print and online venues, including Denver QuarterlyCopper Nickel, and Fou. In the mid-2000s, Brennen took time off from writing for running, completing races of 100 miles on six occasions, mostly in the mountains. He lives with his wife, Debra, and son, Calder Birch.



courtney zoffnessCourtney Zoffness' fiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Washington Square, Tampa Review, Redivider, the International Fish Prize Stories anthology, and elsewhere. The former managing editor of Earth Times, she’s also published a range of nonfiction and reportage. Zoffness was a waiter-scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a teaching fellow at Yale University, and writer-in-residence at the Black Forest Writing Seminars (Freiburg, Germany). She holds graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona, and lives in Brooklyn.



The fellows were selected in a blind judging by a panel of writers: Roxane Gay, Kevin Powers, Tupelo Hassman, G. Willow Wilson, and Alexander Chee.





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




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.


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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.


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