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We award fellowships to promising students in need to enroll in a workshop, manuscript consultation or retreat for free. We also offer partial fellowship awards to finalists and semifinalists. Applicants must not be enrolled in a degree program with access to creative writing instruction or have previously published (or had accepted for publication) a book of poems. Additionally, applicants who hold a graduate degree in creative writing (MA/MFA/PhD) will be considered separately for a limited number of fellowship awards per season. Applicants are limited to one workshop/consultation fellowship and one retreat fellowship lifetime and eligible for only one fellowship per twelve-month period.


To apply for a winter–spring 2021 workshop fellowship, submit 4–5 poems, published or unpublished, eight pages max. Make sure to include a cover letter (250–350 words) detailing your writing background, why you're interested in a particular workshop/teacher, and why you need financial aid—let us know whether you need full aid or if partial aid will suffice.


Applications are due Sunday, January 24 (11:59 PM EST). Fellowship decisions will be announced on February 7. We strongly encourage BIPOC writers, LGBTQ+ writers, writers with disabilities, women writers and writers from other underserved communities to apply and self-identify on their applications.

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