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. In 2023 we will be accepting applications in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction). 



Application Deadline

Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection

Earliest Start Date for NEA Period of Performance

Literature Fellowships: Prose

March 8, 2023

December 2023

January 1, 2024

Learn more about past recipients of our literature fellowships in the Literary Arts Impact section. 

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