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Oregon Literary Fellowships

Fellowships to Oregon Writers and Publishers for
the Creation and Publication of Quality Writing

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Funding Source:

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Literary Arts

Conf. Date:

08/31/21

Deadline Date:

09/17/21

Description:

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Fellowships to Oregon writers and publishers to promote high-quality writing and publishing. Writers in the early stages of their career are encouraged to apply in order to develop, initiate, or complete literary projects. Applications may be submitted in one of the following genres: poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama (including scripts for television and film), and young readers literature. BIPOC writers are encouraged to apply; one fellowship and one Career fellowship are specifically reserved for BIPOC writers.

Oregon Literary Fellowships for Writers:

Fellowships include: 

  • Women Writers Fellowship: For women and gender non-conforming writers
  • Writer of Color Fellowship: For self-identified writers of color
  • Laurell Swails and Donald Monroe Memorial Fellowships in Fiction: For writers who have been Oregon residents for five full years prior to the application deadline

Oregon Literary Career Fellowships

Literary Arts will award fellowships to Oregon writers who are selected by the judges for their exceptional talent. One of these fellowships will be specifically for a writer of color. Please note: all writers who submit additional materials and ask to be considered for the Oregon Literary Career Fellowship will automatically be considered for an Oregon Literary Fellowship for Writers as well. However, writers can’t be awarded both fellowships in the same year. Applicants can only receive one fellowship.

Oregon Literary Fellowships for Publishers

Literary Arts will award fellowships to support Oregon’s independent publishers and small presses. They are awarded to presses or magazines that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing in the areas of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, and young reader’s literature.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171648

Number of Grants:

Oregon Literary Fellowships for Writers: 9 and one of these fellowships is specifically for a BIPOC writer.; Oregon Literary Career Fellowships: 2 and one of these fellowships is specifically for a BIPOC writer.; Oregon Literary Fellowships for Publishers: 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Oregon Literary Fellowships for Writers: Literary Arts will award fellowships in the amount of $3,500.
- Oregon Literary Career Fellowships: Literary Arts will award fellowships in the amount of $10,000.
- Oregon Literary Fellowships for Publishers: Literary Arts will award fellowships in the amount of $3,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Recipients must be current, full-time Oregon residents, both at the time of application and at receipt of award.
- Those who have received an Oregon Literary Fellowship in the last five years are ineligible.
- One application per person per year will be accepted.
- All applicants are only eligible to receive one fellowship.
- Work authored by more than one person is ineligible.
- Current Literary Arts staff, trustees, or advisory committee members are ineligible; applications by former Literary Arts staff, trustees, or committee members may be considered, provided that they resigned from their position at Literary Arts at least six months before the earliest submission date.

Oregon Literary Fellowships for Publishers:
- The press or magazine must have its business office(s) in Oregon.
- Online magazines are eligible.
- The press or magazine may not have received a Literary Arts grant in the last two years.
- Current Literary Arts staff, trustees, or Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships advisory council members are ineligible.
- Publishers who are also writers are eligible to apply for a fellowship for publishers and a fellowship for writers in the same year.

Applicants who move from Oregon after they submit their application are encouraged to notify Literary Arts and will not be eligible to receive a fellowship.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you have questions about the application process, Literary Arts will also offer two help sessions on Zoom:

Wednesday, August 18, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 31, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Information about how to register for the October Zoom meeting will be available on the website. Check here: https://literary-arts.org/events/

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Online application deadline to submit: September 17, 2021
- Award announcement: February, 2022 (Recipients will be notified 5–7 days before the award announcement.)

The award announcement may be earlier or later than the date listed above, depending on the number of applications and judging process.

Applicants who are not selected for a fellowship will receive notification via the email on their application form before the award announcement.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online for Oregon Literary Fellowships (including Oregon Literary Career Fellowships):
https://literary-arts.org/2021-oregon-literary-fellowship-application/

Apply online for Oregon Literary Fellowships for Publishers:
https://literary-arts.org/2021-oregon-literary-fellowship-for-publishers/

For questions about the application process, contact:

Susan Moore, Literary Arts’ Director of Programs for Writers
susan@literary-arts.org
or
Program Assistant for Programs for Writers,
Jessica Meza-Torres (jessica@literary-arts.org)

Literary Arts
925 SW Washington St.
Portland, Oregon 97205
503.227.2583

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