NOTE: These are expired guidelines. New Creative Writing Fellowships in Prose will be available in mid-December. Do not begin working on your application until the new guidelines are posted as the requirements have changed.
The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in poetry.
You may apply only once each year.
If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034 or e-mail LitFellowships@arts.gov