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 2018 Oregon Literary Fellowship has passed. The 2018 fellowship recipients will be announced in January 2018. Guidelines for the 2019 Oregon Literary Fellowships will go online in Spring 2018.
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.
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.
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.