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Oregon Literary Fellowships

Funding the production of new work by Oregon’s writers and independent publishers. 

Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers at all stages of their career initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, and young readers’ literature. Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon’s independent publishers and small presses that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing. Click the link below for guidelines and to apply. The deadline to apply is September 17, 2021.

2021 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipients

Literary Arts is please to announce the recipients of the 2021 Oregon Literary Fellowships. Generous gifts from our community have increased the value of the Brian Booth Writers’ Fund Endowment which, in turn, have allowed us to further support exceptional Oregon writers.

This year, Literary Arts awarded two Oregon Literary Career Fellowships of $10,000 each, and eleven fellowships of $3,500, for a total of $58,500.

We received 408 applications from writers and 17 applications from publishers for the 2021 fellowships. Out-of-state judges spent several months evaluating these applications, using literary excellence as the primary criterion. Literary Arts awarded three fellowships this year that were funded by the Oregon Arts Commission. 

Since 1987, Literary Arts has honored over 700 Oregon writers and publishers, and distributed more than $1 million in fellowships and award monies through the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program.

Oregon Literary Career Fellowships

In 2021, Literary Arts awarded two Oregon Literary Career Fellowships of $10,000 each.

Annie Sheppard of Cottage Grove (nonfiction), Oregon Literary Career Fellowship

Annie Sheppard writes speculative prose. Her essays have appeared in Phoebe, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Fourth Genre, The Writer, and the Pushcart Prize XLV.  

Sandy Tanaka of Portland (fiction), Writer of Color Oregon Literary Career Fellowship

Sandy Tanaka writes fiction, poetry, and memoir. She has a B.A. in film from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. She is also an art director and designer. 


Oregon Literary Fellowships

Literary Arts awarded fellowships of $3,500  to 9 writers and 2 publishers. Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects. Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon’s independent publishers, small presses, and literary magazines.

FICTION


Kesha Ajose-Fisher of Portland,
Writer of Color Fellowship

Kesha Ajose-Fisher is the author of No God Like the Mother. She tells stories about her years in Nigeria through her transition to America for the value in the experiences shared with the sundry mix of people that her American mother exposed them to in childhood. Her writing has been published in several online and print collections.

Pedro Hoffmeister of Eugene, Laurell Swails and Donald Monroe Memorial Fellowship

Pedro Hoffmeister is the author of five books including the recent novels This Is The Part Where You Laugh and Too Shattered For Mending

Emily Woodworth of Sisters,  Laurell Swails and Donald Monroe Memorial Fellowship

Emily Woodworth’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Joyland, CAROUSEL, After the Pause, Inkwell Journal, and others. She earnedMFA in Writing (emphasis in Image + Text) from California Institute of the Arts.

NONFICTION

Scott Korb of  Portland, Walt Morey Fellowship
Scott Korb is the director of the Pacific University MFA in Writing program and the author of  The Faith Between Us, Life In Year One and Light Without Fire. He’s also an editor of  The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers and Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy.  

A.M. Rosales of Portland, Women Writers Fellowship 
A.M. Rosales is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and translator originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia. They hold a literature degree from George Mason University. A Pride Foundation scholar and a collaborating artist at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, their work has been supported by the Precipice Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  

POETRY

Amy Miller of Ashland, C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship    
Amy Miller’s full-length poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press. Her chapbooks include I Am on a River and Cannot Answer (BOAAT Press) and Rough House (White Knuckle Press). She works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the poetry editor of the NPR listeners’ guide Jefferson Journal.

Alyssa Ogi of Portland, Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship(made possible by a former Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient) 
Alyssa Ogi received her MFA from the University of Oregon, and now edits books for Tin House in Portland. Her poems can be found in Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, and other publications. A recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, she is currently at work on her first poetry collection: a reimagined history of the American West Coast through the lens of the Asian Pacific diaspora.

YOUNG READERS

Shana Targosz of  Portland, Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers
Shana Targosz is a MG/YA/PB author who writes about magical girls, budding friendships, ghosts who may or may not be friendly, and fiercely-held hope. She’s an active member of SCBWI and received an award at the 2017 Oregon Regional Conference. She’s an Author Mentor Match mentee, a Pitch Wars mentor, and has been a guest host on Grace Lin’s #kidlitwomen podcast.

DRAMA

Sara Jean Accuardi of Portland, Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship
Sara Jean Accuardi is an award-winning playwright whose full-length plays include The Delays, BREAK, The Storyteller,  and Portrait of the Widow Kinski. Her writing has been produced and developed around the country, including with Theatre Vertigo, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Spooky Action Theater, Victory Gardens, Portland Center Stage, Chicago Dramatists, The Blank Theatre, and PlayMakers Rep. She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and LineStorm Playwrights.


2021 Oregon Literary Fellowships for Publishers


Forest Avenue Press of Portland

Forest Avenue Press, founded in 2012, publishes literary fiction on a joyride and the occasional memoir.  They publish two titles a year; recent titles include A Small Crowd of Strangers and Wife Daughter Self.


Northwest Review of Portland

Northwest Review was first published by the University of Oregon in 1957. It ceased operation in 2011, and in 2020 it resumed publication.

Writer of Color Fellowships

Applicants can also choose to be considered for a Writer of Color Fellowship. The goal of the Writer of Color Fellowships is to promote perspectives from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, and encourage diverse writers to apply for fellowships. Two Writer of Color Fellowships will be offered each year. All applications for the Writer of Color fellowship are considered for an Oregon Literary Fellowship.

Oregon Literary Career Fellowships

In addition to our other fellowships, Literary Arts awards fellowships in the amount of $10,000 to writers selected by the judges for their exceptional talent. One of these fellowships is specifically for a writer of color. Applicants submit an application form, optional addendums, a writing sample, an artist’s CV, artist’s statement, and impact statement as described in the guidelines.

Previous Oregon Literary Fellowship Winners: Writers

FICTION

POETRY

Literary Nonfiction

DRAMA

Young Readers’ Literature

Previous Oregon Literary Fellowship Winners: Publishers

Hear from Reema Zaman, 2018 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient

Brian Booth Writers’ Fund

Brian Booth was a visionary Oregonian who helped create the Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships program with the help of William Stafford, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ken Kesey, and other iconic writers. Support Oregon’s creative future and make a donation in honor of Brian’s life and legacy.

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