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Creative Writing Fellowships

Fellowships to USA Published Writers for
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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Deadline Date:

03/11/20 11:59 PM ET - Literature Fellowships: Poetry

Description:

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Fellowships of $25,000 to USA individual published creative writers demonstrating literary excellence in prose or poetry to dedicate time for writing, travel, research, and general career advancement. Applicants should register and apply well in advance of the deadline. Applications are currently invited in the category of poetry.

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2019, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in poetry are available. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) will be offered in FY 2022 and guidelines will be available in January 2021. 

Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. NEA typically receives more than 1,500 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 3% of applicants. You should consider carefully whether your work will be competitive at the national level.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178745

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellowships are for $25,000.

Term of Contract:

NEA support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2021, and January 1, 2022, and extend for up to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply in Poetry if you:

- Are a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
- Have not received two or more Fellowships (in poetry, prose, or translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts. If you have received any award from the National Endowment for the Arts, you must have submitted acceptable Final Reports to the Arts Endowment by their due date(s).
- Have not received any National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship on or after January 1, 2012 (FY 2012).
- Have had published, between January 1, 2013, and March 11, 2020:

- A Volume of 48 or more pages of poetry; or
- 20 or more individual poems or pages of poetry that appear in at least five literary journals, anthologies, or publications which regularly include poetry as a portion of their format. Up to 16 pages of poetry may be from a single volume of poetry that is fewer than 48 pages (e.g. a chapbook). This volume may count as only one of the required five places of publication. For online publications, a page of poetry is considered to be 20 lines or less.

To qualify, work must have been published for the first time with an eligible publisher between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued another format during this period.

You may use digital, audio, or online publications to establish eligibility, provided that the publisher has a competitive selection process and stated editorial policy. If the online publication or website no longer exists, you must provide, upon request, sufficient evidence that your work once appeared online. If sufficient evidence cannot be provided, the online publication will not be eligible.

The following may not be used to establish eligibility:
- Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader's copies.
- Work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff.
- Collaborative work.
- Scholarly writing.
- Instructional writing.
- News Reporting.
- Book reviews.
- Editorials/letters to the editor.
- Interviews.
- Student-led publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution.
- Any publication by presses that: do not have a stated marketing and distribution policy; publish work without competitive selection or a stated editorial policy; or publish work without professional editing.

Not Funded:
-Individuals who previously have received two or more Literature Fellowships (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
-Individuals who have received any Literature Fellowship (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts on or after October 1, 2009.
-News reporting.
-Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
-Work toward academic degrees.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov, the federal government’s online application system. The Grants.gov system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 11, 2020. Late applications are not accepted.

It is your responsibility to create and maintain a registration with Grants.gov. Registration is a one-time process, which can take a day or more to complete. Do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise.

Submit your application no later than March 2, 2020 to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems that you might encounter.

Key Dates:
-Application Deadline: March 11, 2020
-Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: December 2020
-Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: January 1, 2021

Application Calendar:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships/application-calendar

Applicant Eligibility:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships/applicant-eligibility

How to Prepare and Submit an Application:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships/how-to-prepare-and-submit-an-application

Application Assistance:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships/need-help

Award Administration:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships/award-administration

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?dpp=1&oppId=322611

Contact Information:

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

Phone: 202/682-5034
TTY: 202/682-5082
LitFellowships@arts.gov

CFDA Number:

45.024

Funding or Pin Number:

2020NEA03LFCW

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