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We award fellowships to promising students in need to enroll in one of our workshops 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 had a book of poems published or accepted for publication by a United States press. 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 fellowship lifetime and eligible for only one Brooklyn Poets fellowship per twelve-month period (i.e. recent Retreat Fellows are ineligible).

To apply for a winter–spring 2022 workshop fellowship, submit 4–5 poems, published or unpublished, eight pages max.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 23 (11:59 PM EST). Fellowship decisions will be announced via newsletter and social media on February 6. We strongly encourage writers of color, LGBTQ+ writers, writers with disabilities, women writers and writers from other historically underserved communities to apply and self-identify on their applications.

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