Applying for an Oregon Literary Fellowship
Oregon Literary Fellowships 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. The deadline to apply for a 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship is June 24, 2016.
The Writers of Color Fellowship
As part of the application for an Oregon Literary Fellowship, writers can also choose to be considered for the newly established Writers of Color Fellowship. The goal of the Writers of Color Fellowship is to promote perspectives from a variety of cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and encourage diverse writers to apply for fellowships.
The Writers of Color Fellowship is intended to fund writers of color to initiate, develop, or complete a literary project in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, or young readers literature. One Writers of Color Fellowship will be offered each year. All applications for the Writers of Color fellowship will also be considered for an Oregon Literary Fellowship.
In partnership with Ooligan Press, Literary Arts is pleased to offer all of the 2015 and 2016 applicants for the Writers of Color Fellowship a free pass to the 2017 Write to Publish conference. The Write to Publish conference offers writers’ workshops, panels, speeches, and a vendor space, providing information about how to get published and an opportunity to network with Oregon’s literary community. The 2017 Write to Publish conference takes place February 4, 2017, at Portland State University.
Self-identified writers of color who are current, full-time Oregon residents and who meet the eligibility requirements listed above for Oregon Literary Fellowships are eligible to apply. Include the Writers of Color Fellowship addendum with your application. The addendum is included in the guidelines for download at the bottom of this page.
Selection Process for Oregon Literary Fellowships
Applications will be 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.
Guidelines are available to download as PDF files or as Word documents.
Please contact Susan Moore if you have questions about applying for an Oregon Literary Fellowship.