Ends on March 20, 2018

$25.00 USD

Deadline for Submissions: March 20, 2018

Two Full Fellowships: $1600 (Tuition and Lodging for the Week): Poetry and Fiction
Two Runner-Up Fellowships: $500 each (Towards Tuition): Poetry and Fiction

We are proud to announce the 2018 Voices of Color Fellowships. MVICW is committed to expanding the American literary canon and to increasing philanthropic support in the arts for aspiring poets and writers of color. These fellowships were created to promote voices from a wide array of cultural backgrounds, and to help counter the inequities faced by writers of color. 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. Two First Prize recipients (one in poetry and one in fiction) 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. 

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.
*Only one poem or one prose piece per entry (you are welcome to submit more than one piece by submitting them separately and paying the submission fee for each entry)

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.

There is a $25 fee for applying for this fellowship.

-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 As the manuscripts will not be published/reprinted, the author retains all rights to the work.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 March 20, 2018.
-The winner will be announced by April 15, 2018.  

DETAILS ON AWARDS AND RULES: Two authors (one in poetry and one in fiction) will receive full lodging/tuition at MVICW (equivalent to $1600) to attend the week of their choice at the MVICW Summer Seminar. Two second place recipients will receive $500 toward tuition to attend the week of their choice at the MVICW Summer Seminar. 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 recipient.

We will attempt to notify the potential winner via telephone and email. If the potential winners fail to respond within five (5) days after the first attempt to contact him/her or declines the prize, the winners will be deemed to forfeit the prize and MVICW has the right to select an alternate potential Winner(s) in his/her place.

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