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Fellowships to Oregon writers and publishers to support high-quality literary writings and publishing. Writers in the early stages of their career are encouraged to apply in order to develop, initiate or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, and young readers literature. The awards are merit-based.
Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon’s independent publishers, small presses, or magazines that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing. Fellowships for publishers may be used to fund a specific project or for general operating expenses.
Writers can also choose to be considered for several additional award programs if they are deemed eligible. These include the newly established Writers of Color Fellowship, The Women Writers Fellowship, The Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship, and The Laurell Swails and Donald Monroe Memorial Fellowships in Fiction. Applicants may choose to be considered for any and all of the above fellowships in addition to the Oregon Literary Fellowship.
Writers of Color: The goal of the Writers of Color Fellowship is to promote perspectives from a variety of cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds and encourage diverse writers to apply for fellowships. The Writers of Color Fellowship is intended to fund writers of color to initiate, develop, or complete a literary project in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, or young readers literature. One Writers of Color Fellowship will be offered each year. All applications for the Writers of Color fellowship will also be considered for an Oregon Literary Fellowship.
The Women Writers Fellowship is a privately endowed fund of Literary Arts, intended to fund Oregon women writers to initiate, develop, or complete a literary project in the areas of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, and young readers literature.
The Swails/Monroe fellowship is intended to fund fiction writers to initiate, develop, or complete a literary project in fiction. The Swails/Monroe fellowship strives for gender diversity in its recipients. This fellowship also has additional residency requirements as listed below.
The Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship is offered to applicants who have been residents of Oregon for at least five years and have not received a Fellowship in the five (5) years prior to submission of an application.
GrantWatch ID#: 171648
Eligibility Requirements for Writers:
- 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 (5) years are ineligible. This means that for 2018, if a writer has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, or 2013, they are ineligible to apply.
- One application per person per year will be accepted.
- Writers of color may choose to also be considered for the Writers of Color Fellowship (include addendum).
- Women may choose to also be considered for the Women Writers Fellowship (include addendum).
- Applicants may also ask to be considered for the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowships (include addendum).
- All applicants are only eligible to receive one fellowship.
- For writing fellowships, work authored by more than one person is ineligible.
- Current Literary Arts staff, trustees, or advisory committee members are precluded from consideration; applications by former Literary Arts staff, trustees, or committee members may be considered, provided that the staff, trustee, or committee member resigned from their position at Literary Arts at least six months before the earliest submission date.
Oregon Arts Commission Fellowships administered by Literary Arts
Literary Arts is offering two fellowships this year that are funded by the Oregon Arts Commission. Applicants who wish to be considered for one of these fellowships must meet the Oregon Arts Commission’s additional eligibility requirements:
- Have been an Oregon resident for one full year prior to the application deadline date.
- Have not received an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship in the five (5) years prior to submission of an application.
Applicants who wish to be considered for this fellowship will submit an additional form included in the application forms. All applicants are only eligible to receive one fellowship.
The Laurell Swails and Donald Monroe Memorial Fellowships in Fiction
Literary Arts is offering two new fellowships to fiction writers. Applicants who wish to be considered for one of these fellowships must meet this additional eligibility requirement:
- Have been an Oregon resident for 5 years prior to the application deadline date.
Eligibility Requirements for Publishers
- The press or magazine must have its business office(s) in Oregon.
- Online magazines are eligible, but the magazine must be printed out and viewable in hard copies.
- It may not have received a Literary Arts grant in the last two years.
- Current Literary Arts staff, trustees, or Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships advisory council members are precluded from consideration; Applications by former Literary Arts staff, trustees or committee members may be considered, provided that the staff, trustee or committee member resigned from their position at Literary Arts at least six months before the earliest submission date
General eligibility information:
- Literary Arts is prohibited from awarding any fellowship in violation of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).
- No part of a grant may be used for propaganda or to influence legislation.
- No funds will be given for a political campaign or on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Applications will be accepted from May 10, 2017 until Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline; late entries will not be accepted. Applications can be mailed or delivered in person. Receipt of application will be acknowledged if SASE is enclosed. All applicants will be notified of final results no later than February 15, 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please submit your application to:
Attn: Oregon Literary Fellowships
925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205