Ends on March 25, 2019$25.00
$25.00

MVICW ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST
Deadline for Submissions: Monday March 25, 2019 


Two First Prizes: $1725 (Tuition & Lodging for the Week): Poetry and Fiction/CNF
Two Second Prizes: $500 each (Towards Tuition): Poetry and Fiction/CNF

We are thrilled to offer our annual competition to win a spot at The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. The competition is open to anyone who will be 18 years or older as of the start of the program. Two winners (one in poetry and one in fiction/CNF) will receive the full retreat package, including tuition and lodging. And two second prize winners (one in each genre) will receive $500 towards the cost of tuition.


GUIDELINES:

Poetry: Submit your best poem (1-3 pages)
Fiction: Submit your best short fiction, novel excerpt, or creative non-fiction piece (up to 3000 words)

Entries will be judged anonymously. DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE POEM/STORY/CNF or the file attachment. Payment is $25 per submission, and you are welcome to submit more than one piece by submitting them separately and paying the submission fee for each entry.

Please note that previous MVICW contest winners are not eligible to apply.


ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

  • The entry must be submitted in English and must be your own original work.
  • You may submit new or previously published material. As the manuscripts will not be published/reprinted, the author retains all rights to the work.
  • There is no restriction to style, content, or genre.
  • You must be 18 years old or older on the day the retreat begins to enter.
  • The submission must not include your real or pen name or any information that identifies you in any way.
  • Contest closes at midnight on March 25, 2019.
  • The winner will be announced by April 30, 2019.


DETAILS ON AWARDS AND RULES:

Two writers (one in poetry and one in fiction/CNF) will receive full lodging/tuition (equivalent to $1725) and attend the week of their choice at the MVICW Summer Writers’ Conference. Two second place winners will receive $500 towards tuition to attend the week of their choice. The lodging for first place winners is a shared room with an attendee of the same gender. If a private room is preferred, the winning author may choose to pay the difference. The prize does not include lodging outside of the seminar house, but the winner may choose to forfeit the lodging stipend and arrange for their own accommodations on the island. The awards do not cover air/travel to the island or food/personal expenses.

You are not eligible to enter the competition if you are (a) our employee or independent contractor of MVICW; (b) a family member (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) of our employees, independent contractors or affiliates; (c) a judge involved in the competition, including any reviewer who participates in selecting the nominees and finalists; (d) a close friend of the judge so that the judge can identify your work; (e) a previous MVICW fellowship/contest winner.

We will notify potential winners via telephone or email. If potential winners decline the prize or fail to respond within seven (7) days after the first contact, the winners will be deemed to forfeit the prize and MVICW has the right to select alternate potential winner(s) in their place.

Ends on February 25, 2019$25.00
$25.00

MVICW PARENT-WRITER FELLOWSHIPS
Deadline for Submissions: Monday February 25, 2019 


Two Full Fellowships: $1725 (Tuition & Lodging for the Week): Poetry and Fiction/CNF
Two Runner-Up Fellowships: $500 each (Towards Tuition): Poetry and Fiction/CNF

We are proud to announce the MVICW Parent-Writer Fellowships (est. in 2016 thanks to support from The Sustainable Arts Foundation). Writers who are also parents have increased difficulties in making time for their writing. Our Parent-Writer Fellowships are intended to give parents both the time and financial support to devote a week to themselves and their writing at MVICW. These fellowships offer funding to attend a week of choice at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. The fellowships are open to anyone who has a child age 16 or younger living with them. Two recipients (One poetry, one fiction/CNF) will receive the full retreat package, including tuition and lodging. Two runners-up (One poetry, one fiction/CNF) will receive $500 credit towards the cost of tuition.


GUIDELINES:
Poetry: Submit your best poem (1-3 pages)
Fiction: Submit your best short fiction, novel excerpt, or creative non-fiction piece (up to 3000 words)

Letter of Interest (approx. 750 words): Please tell us about yourself as a person, an artist, and a parent. We'd like to hear how your family life inspires or challenges your artistic career and how parenthood plays a role in your creative work. If you have specific needs (financial or creative) which would be met by this award please outline them in your letter.

Entries will be judged anonymously. DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE POEM/STORY/CNF, Letter of Interest, or the file attachment. Payment is $25 per submission, and you are welcome to submit more than one piece by submitting them separately and paying the submission fee for each entry.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

  • The entry must be submitted in English and must be your own original work.
  • You may submit new or previously published material. As the manuscripts will not be published/reprinted, the author retains all rights to the work.
  • There is no restriction to style, content, or genre.
  • You must be 18 years old or older on the day the retreat begins to enter. 
  • You must have at least one child under the age of 16 (who lives with you) to qualify for the fellowship.
  • The submission must not include your real or pen name or any information that identifies you in any way.
  • Fellowship Application closes at midnight on February 25, 2019.
  • The winner will be announced by March 30, 2019.


DETAILS ON AWARDS AND RULES:

Two writers (one poetry, one fiction/CNF) will receive full lodging/tuition at MVICW (equivalent to $1725) to attend the week of their choice at the MVICW Summer Writers’ Conference. Two second place recipients will receive $500 toward tuition to attend the week of their choice. The lodging for first place winners is a shared room with an attendee of the same gender at MVICW lodging. If a private room is preferred, the winning author may choose to pay the difference. The prize does not include lodging outside of MVICW shared-lodging, but the winner may choose to forfeit the lodging stipend and arrange for their own accommodations on the island. The awards do not cover air/travel to the island or food/personal expenses.

You are not eligible to apply for a fellowship if you are (a) our employee or independent contractor of MVICW; (b) a family member (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) of our employees, independent contractors or affiliates; (c) a judge involved in the fellowship, including any reviewer who participates in selecting the nominees and finalists; (d) a close friend of the judges/reviewers; (e) a previous MVICW fellowship/contest winner.

We will notify potential winners via telephone or email. If potential winners decline the prize or fail to respond within seven (7) days after the first contact, the winners will be deemed to forfeit the prize and MVICW has the right to select alternate potential winner(s) in their place.

Selected winners will be asked to produce proof of parenthood (previous year's tax statement showing child, birth certificate of child, etc.) in order to be awarded the fellowship.

Ends on February 25, 2019$25.00
$25.00

MVICW VOICES OF COLOR FELLOWSHIPS
Deadline for Submissions: Monday February 25, 2019 


Two Leonard A. Slade, Jr. Fellowships in Poetry: $1725 (Tuition & Lodging for the Week) 

Two Voices of Color Fellowships in Fiction/CNF: $1725 (Tuition & Lodging for the Week) 

Two Runner-Up Fellowships: $500 each (Towards Tuition): Poetry and Fiction/CNF

We are proud to announce the Leonard A. Slade, Jr., Poetry Fellowship for Writers of Color (established 2018) to honor poets of color, and The Voices of Color Fiction/CNF Fellowships (established 2017) to honor prose writers of color. The fellowships assist MVICW with our commitment to expanding the American literary canon by promoting voices form a wide array of cultural backgrounds, and to increasing philanthropic support for writers of color in the arts. Application for these fellowships is open to all writers of color, ages 18 and older. The awards provide funding to attend a week of choice at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Four First Prize recipients (two in poetry and two in fiction/CNF) will receive the full retreat package, covering tuition and lodging. Two Second Prize recipients (one in each genre) will receive $500 credit toward the cost of tuition


GUIDELINES:
Poetry: Submit your best poem (1-3 pages) and a letter of interest.
Prose: Submit your best short fiction, novel excerpt, or creative non-fiction piece (up to 3000 words) and a letter of interest.

Letter of Interest (approx. 750 words): Please tell us about who you are as a person and an artist. We'd like to hear about your life, your artistic career, and your creative work. If you have specific needs (financial or creative) which would be met by this award please outline them in your letter.

Entries will be judged anonymously. DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE POEM/STORY/CNF, Letter of Interest, or the file attachment. Payment is $25 per submission, and you are welcome to submit more than one piece by submitting them separately and paying the submission fee for each entry.


ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

  • The entry must be submitted in English and must be your own original work.
  • You may submit new or previously published material. As the manuscripts will not be published/reprinted, the author retains all rights to the work.
  • There is no restriction to style, content, or genre.
  • You must be a writer of color and 18 years old or older on the day the retreat begins to enter.
  • Fellowship Application closes at midnight on February 25, 2019. 
  • The winner will be announced by March 30, 2019.


DETAILS ON AWARDS AND RULES:

Four writers (two in poetry and two in fiction/CNF) will receive full lodging/tuition at MVICW (equivalent to $1725) to attend the week of their choice at the MVICW Summer Writers’ Conference. Two second place recipients will receive $500 toward tuition to attend the week of their choice. The lodging for first place winners is a shared room with an attendee of the same gender. If a private room is preferred, the winning author may choose to pay the difference. The prize does not include lodging outside of MVICW shared lodging, but the winner may choose to forfeit the lodging stipend and arrange for their own accommodations on the island. The awards do not cover air/travel to the island or food/personal expenses.

You are not eligible to apply for a fellowship if you are (a) our employee or independent contractor of MVICW; (b) a family member (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) of our employees, independent contractors or affiliates; (c) a judge involved in the fellowship, including any reviewer who participates in selecting the nominees and finalists; (d) a close friend of the judges/reviewers; (e) a previous MVICW fellowship/contest winner.

We will notify potential winners via telephone or email. If potential winners decline the prize or fail to respond within seven (7) days after the first contact, the winners will be deemed to forfeit the prize and MVICW has the right to select alternate potential winner(s) in their place.

THE CAROL BROWN GOLDBERG AND HENRY GOLDBERG
TEACH! WRITE! PLAY! FELLOWSHIPS                                                                            

Deadline for Submissions: Friday February 1, 2019 


Three Full Fellowships: $1725 (Tuition & Lodging for the Week): One Poetry, One Fiction/CNF, One Poetry or Fiction/CNF
Two Runner-Up Fellowships: $500 each (Towards Tuition): Poetry and Fiction/CNF

We are proud to announce the Teach! Write! Play! Fellowships, established by Carol Brown Goldberg and Henry Goldberg to support educators and writers who work with young people across the globe. These fellowships were created to support the work of individuals who nurture, listen to, and promote the creative voices of our young people. We believe that the hearts and minds of our young people are central to the health of our collective future. By attending The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, our fellowship winners can bring lessons of creativity and craft back into the lives of the young people they work with, and in this way support the next generation of creative thinkers. We are interested in applications from a wide array of cultural backgrounds and programming (including educators, after-school program staff, and social workers). Application for these fellowships is open to anyone who works with youth, age 18 or younger, through public/community programming. The awards provide funding to attend a week of choice at the MVICW  Summer Writers' Conference. Three First Prize recipients (one in poetry, one in fiction/CNF, and one in either genre) will receive the full retreat package, covering tuition and lodging. Two runners-up (one in poetry and one in fiction/CNF) will receive $500 toward the cost of tuition.


GUIDELINES:

Poetry: Submit your best poem (1-3 pages) and a letter of interest.
Prose: Submit your best short fiction, novel excerpt, or creative non-fiction piece (up to 3000 words) and a letter of interest.

Letter of Interest (approx. 750 words): Please tell us about who you are as a person, an artist, and an educator. We'd like to hear how your work with youth plays a role in your creative work and artistic career. If you have specific needs (financial or creative) which would be met by this award please outline them in your letter.

Entries will be judged anonymously. DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE POEM/STORY/CNF, Letter of Interest, or the file attachment. Payment is $25 per submission, and you are welcome to submit more than one piece by submitting them separately and paying the submission fee for each entry.


ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

  • The entry must be submitted in English and must be your own work.
  • You may submit new or previously published material. As the manuscripts will not be published/reprinted, the author retains all rights to the work.
  • There is no restriction to style, content, or genre.
  • You must be 18 years old or older on the day the retreat begins to enter.
  • You must work with you, age 18 or younger, through public/community/educational programming.
  • The submission must not not include your real or pen name or any information that identifies you in any way.
  • Fellowship Application closes at midnight on February 1, 2019.
  • The winner will be announced by March 1, 2019.


DETAILS ON AWARDS AND RULES:

Three writers (two poetry, two fiction/CNF, one in poetry or fiction/CNF) will receive full lodging/tuition at MVICW (equivalent to $1725) to attend the week of their choice at the MVICW Summer Writers’ Conference. Two second place recipients will receive $500 toward tuition to attend the week of their choice. The lodging for first place winners is a shared room with an attendee of the same gender at MVICW lodging. If a private room is preferred, the winning author may choose to pay the difference. The prize does not include lodging outside of MVICW shared-lodging, but the winner may choose to forfeit the lodging stipend and arrange for their own accommodations on the island. The awards do not cover air/travel to the island or food/personal expenses.

You are not eligible to apply for a fellowship if you are (a) our employee or independent contractor of MVICW; (b) a family member (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) of our employees, independent contractors or affiliates; (c) a judge involved in the fellowship, including any reviewer who participates in selecting the nominees and finalists; (d) a close friend of the judges/reviewers; (e) a previous MVICW fellowship/contest winner. .

We will notify potential winners via telephone or email. If potential winners decline the prize or fail to respond within seven (7) days after the first contact, the winners will be deemed to forfeit the prize and MVICW has the right to select alternate potential winner(s) in their place.

Selected winners will be asked to produce proof of employment/community engagement in order to be awarded the fellowship.

MVICW is able to provide a number of need and merit-based grants (25-50%) to attend our program. Consideration is given to applicants demonstrating economic need. To apply for financial assistance, send a sample of your writing  (3 poems or 10 pages of fiction) and a letter of interest. The application fee is $25. Please indicate if you are applying for a specific week or are open to a grant for any of our offered weeks.

Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing