CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIPS: Applicant Eligibility

Creative writers who meet the publication requirements that are listed below are eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. See "How to Prepare and Submit an Application" for the documentation that is required to demonstrate eligibility. Ineligible applications will be rejected without panel review.

You may submit only one application for FY 2020 funding. You may not apply for both a Literature Fellowship under this deadline and a Translation Project under the December 5, 2018 deadline.

You are not eligible to apply if you have received two or more Fellowships (in poetry, prose, or translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, you may not apply if you have received any National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship on or after October 1, 2010 (FY 2011).

Former grantees must have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts award(s) previously received.

You are eligible to apply in Prose if, between January 1, 2012, and March 6, 2019, you have had published:

  • At least five different short stories, works of short fiction, excerpts from novels or memoirs, or creative essays (or any combination thereof) in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications that regularly include fiction and/or creative nonfiction as a portion of their format; or
  • A volume of short fiction or a collection of short stories; or
  • A novel or novella; or
  • A volume of creative nonfiction.

To qualify, work must have been first published with an eligible publisher between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period.

You may use digital, audio, or online publications to establish eligibility, provided that the publisher has a competitive selection process and stated editorial policy. If the online publication or website no longer exists, you must provide, upon request, sufficient evidence that your work once appeared online. If sufficient evidence cannot be provided, the online publication will not be eligible.

The following may not be used to establish eligibility:

  • Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader's copies.
  • Work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff.
  • Collaborative work.
  • Scholarly writing.
  • Instructional writing.
  • News Reporting.
  • Book reviews.Editorials/letters to the editor.
  • Interviews.
  • Student publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution.
  • Any publication by presses that: do not have a stated marketing and distribution policy; publish work without competitive selection or a stated editorial policy; or publish work without professional editing.

Your application will not be eligible if incorrect or insufficient publication information is provided in Attachment 3. See "How to Prepare and Submit an Application."