The National Endowment for the Arts 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.

This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction)

You may apply only once each year.

Read the Program Description in the left sidebar to get started.

If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202-682-5034 or email