Founded in 1997, the Hugo House offers writing classes and events, including the annual Hugo Literary Series, which invites established and up-and-coming writers to create new work and debut it at the house, and the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, which maintains a library of more than 20,000 handmade and independent publications. Residencies, one for an established writer and one for a youth writers, are also offered.
A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a nonfiction writer working on a book that addresses the history or legacy of the American Revolution and the nation's founding ideas. The fellowship also includes health benefits, faculty privileges, and a residency in a restored eighteenth-century house in historic Chestertown. The fellow is expected to teach a semester-long undergraduate seminar and give one lecture or workshop related to his or her work-in-progress. Submit a writing sample of any length, a project description, a brief course proposal, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by November 15. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
The 16th annual Paris Writers Workshop wrapped up on July 5 after a week-long schedule of workshops, lectures, readings, and walking tours.
Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public Library. The fellows will each receive $75,000, an office at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library's main branch in Midtown Manhattan, and full access to the library's collections, from September 2020 through May 2021. Fellows will be required to work on their projects at the Cullman Center for the duration of the fellowship and give a public talk. Writers currently enrolled in a graduate degree?granting program are ineligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a writing sample of up to 4,500 words, a project proposal of up to 1,500 words, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by September 27. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Fellowships of $77,500 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to allow them to pursue creative projects. Fellows, who are expected to reside in Boston during the fellowship period, which lasts from September through May, also receive $5,000 to cover project expenses. Poets who have published a full-length collection or at least 20 poems in magazines or anthologies in the last five years and who are in the process of completing a manuscript are eligible. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have a book-length manuscript under contract for publication or at least three shorter works published are eligible. Writers who are graduate students at the time of application are not eligible. For 2020–2021 fellowships, submit up to 10 poems or a short story, a recent book chapter, or an essay totaling no more than 30 pages; contact information for three references; a curriculum vitae; and a project proposal by September 12. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, the Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. As early as 1890 Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.
A fiction writer’s habit of imagining the lives of people who live in her favorite houses leads to serious research for her novel.
The author of fifteen books, including eight novels, three short story collections, a memoir, and a ten-volume treatise on the nature and ethics of violence, William T. Vollmann is often associated with his most controversial subjects—crack and prostitution among them. He is also characterized by a few signature stunts, such as firing a pistol during his readings and kidnapping a girl who had been sold into prostitution and turning her over to a relief agency while writing an article for Spin magazine.
In our special section on writing contests, we take a look at three literary organizations offering prizes that include more than just cash—including time and space to write, career development, and more.