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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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Literary Arts

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Deadline Date:

08/02/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Fellowships to Oregon writers and publishers to support high-quality literary writings and publishing in the genres of poetry, literary nonfiction, fiction, young readers, and drama literature. Writers in the early stages of their career are encouraged to apply in order to develop, initiate or complete literary projects. Priority will be given to publishers that do not receive major support from parent organizations.

Oregon Literary Fellowships for Writers:
Applicants may choose to be considered for several specific Oregon Literary Fellowship awards with additional eligibility requirements, including:
- Women Writers Fellowship: Literary Arts intends this grant to be trans-inclusive
- Writer of Color Fellowship: For self-identified writers of color
- Laurell Swails & Donald Monroe Memorial Fellowships in Fiction: For writers who have been Oregon residents for five full years prior to the application deadline
- Oregon Arts Commission Fellowships: For writers who have been an Oregon resident for one full year prior to the application deadline

New in 2020: 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. Fellowships may be used to fund a specific project or for general operating expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171648

Number of Grants:

Oregon Literary Fellowships for Writers: 9; Oregon Literary Career Fellowships: 2; 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:

Fellowships 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.
- 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 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 Literary Fellowships 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 copy.
- 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 ineligible.
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you have questions about the application process and would like to meet in person, please note the following dates for drop-in assistance. No prior appointment is required.
- Thursday, June 20, 2019: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, June 27, 2019: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 2, 2019: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
- Thursday, July 25, 2019: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

To make an in-person appointment with Susan or Jessica outside of these hours, please email or call the office first.

Two Google Hangouts will be scheduled in July and August. Watch the website for details or contact Susan Moore later in June for exact times and dates.

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline to apply: Applications due in the Literary Arts office by August 2, 2019 5:00 p.m. (please note this is not a postmark deadline)
- Award announcement: February 15, 2020 (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.

Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Literary Arts
925 SW Washington St.
Portland, Oregon 97205

For questions about the application process, contact:
Susan Moore
Literary Arts’ Director of Programs for Writers

Jessica Meza-Torres
Program Assistant for Programs for Writers

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USA: Oregon