Applying for an Oregon Literary Fellowship
2021 Oregon Literary Fellowship Guidelines (including guidelines for publishers and Oregon Literary Career Fellowships): will be posted in April, 2020. The deadline to apply will be Friday, August 14.
Oregon Literary Fellowships for Writers are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama and young readers literature. Writers in the early stages of their career are encouraged to apply. The awards are merit-based. Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon’s independent publishers and small presses. They are awarded to presses or magazines that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing.
Oregon Literary Career Fellowships award $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 outlined in the guidelines. Please read the guidelines for instructions on the number of copies to submit.
Oregon Literary Fellowships for Publishers support Oregon’s independent publishers and small presses. Applicants must submit an application form and a sample of the publisher’s work, as outlined in the guidelines.
The Writer of Color Fellowships
Literary Arts will award two fellowships specifically for writers of color in 2021. One of the Oregon Literary Fellowships will be awarded specifically for a writer of color, and one of the Oregon Literary Career Fellowships will also be awarded to a writer of color. Self-identified writers of color who are current, full-time Oregon residents are eligible to apply. All applications for the Writers of Color fellowships will also be considered for an Oregon Literary Fellowship and also for an Oregon Literary Fellowship if they apply for that fellowship.
Selection Process for Oregon Literary Fellowships
Applications are reviewed by a panel of out-of-state judges, except for young readers literature and drama, which each have a single judge. The judges are instructed to use the writing sample as the basis of their decisions for the selection of fellowship recipients. The judges change each year, and Literary Arts strives to select judges that represent diverse communities.
Getting Help With Your Application
Please email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Susan at 503.227.2583 ex. 107, or email Jessica Meza-Torres, Program Assistant for Programs for Writers, at email@example.com.