CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIPS: Applicant Eligibility

You are eligible to apply in Poetry if you:

  • Are a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  • Have not received two or more Fellowships (in poetry, prose, or translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Have not received any National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship on or after January 1, 2014 (FY 2014).
  • Have had published, between January 1, 2015, and March 10, 2022:
    • A Volume of 48 or more pages of poetry; or
    • 20 or more individual poems or pages of poetry that appear in at least five literary journals, anthologies, or publications which regularly include poetry as a portion of their format. Up to 16 pages of poetry may be from a single volume of poetry that is fewer than 48 pages (e.g. a chapbook). This volume may count as only one of the required five places of publication. For online publications, a page of poetry is considered to be 20 lines or less.
    • Work must have been published for the first time time between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period, and by a publisher that has a competitive selection and stated editorial policy, and that offers marketing, distribution, and professional editing.
    • 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-led 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.

See "How to Apply" for the documentation required to demonstrate eligibility.

IMPORTANT: Your application will not be eligible if incorrect or insufficient publication information is provided. Ineligible applications will be rejected without panel review.