NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship

Our 2018 Emerging Writers Fellowship Program is now closed to applications. Thank you for your interest and we will announce our fellows later this spring. 

 



ABOUT THE 2018 PROGRAM 

 

This program is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. We will be selecting nine writers in 2018 and during the one-year fellowship period grantees will receive:

 

  • • A grant of $5,000
  • • The option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor
  • • The opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers
  • • Free admission to all Center events for one year, including tickets to our First Novel Fete and benefit dinner as space allows
  • • 30% discount on tuition at select writing workshops at the Center
  • • Two public readings as part of our annual program of events and inclusion in an anthology distributed to industry professionals
  • • A professional headshot with a photographer for personal publicity use 

 

Criteria 

Applicants must be current residents of one of the five boroughs, and must remain in New York City for the entire year of the fellowship. Students in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply, even if the focus of study is not directly related to writing. This program supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence. Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early stages of their careers as fiction writers and will not have had the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. We define “emerging writer” as someone who has not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction. Eligible applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement. If at any point during the judging process an applicant signs a contract for publication or accepts an offer to study in a degree-granting program, he or she must alert us immediately to have the application pulled from consideration.

 


 

Our 2017 Fellows


 

Our 2017 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows are Amna Ahmad, Charlotte Crowe, Dana Czapnik, Erik Hoel, Andrew Mangan, Crystal Powell, Maud Streep, Alexandra Tanner, and Hubert Vigilla. All photos by Roque Nonini. These photos were provided as part of the fellowship.

 

Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2017.

 

This program is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. The 2017 fellows were selected by our judges: Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel), Alexandra Kleeman (Intimations), and Téa Obreht (The Tiger's Wife).

 

Amna Ahmad’s heart belongs to the Sonoran Desert, a habitat she fell in love with while studying in Tucson, and that inspired her graduate degree in biology. Her writing has appeared in Adbusters Magazine, You Are Here: A Journal of Creative Geography, and other publications. She was selected as a mentee for AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program in 2016. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Arizona and Pakistan, she lives in Brooklyn with her family. She is currently revising her first novel, The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations.


Charlotte Crowe holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MA in English from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the work of Virginia Woolf and Jane Ellen Harrison. She currently works at the Brooklyn Public Library, and is writing her first novel. 


Dana Czapnik is a fiction writer and a graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College. She’s taught creative writing at Hunter and has spent most of her career working on the editorial side of professional sports. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son and is currently at work on a novel.


Erik Hoel grew up in his family's independent bookstore, The Jabberwocky, in Massachusetts. His short fiction has appeared in Arts & Letters, American Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Our Stories, and received first place in the Writer’s Digest Annual Literary Fiction Competition. Essays of his have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Atlantis, and The Daily Beast, among others. He’s also pursued a career as a scientist, having received his PhD studying the neurological basis of consciousness. Currently he conducts research at Columbia University and his discoveries have been profiled in Nautilus and Quanta. Often his writing explores the intersection between the literary and the scientific.


Andrew Mangan holds an MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University. His stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA and Washington Square Review. Born and raised in rural Missouri, he now lives in Brooklyn.


Crystal Powell began her career as a co-producer and associate producer of independent films, including Captain Fantastic and The Place Beyond The Pinesand went on to study fiction at New York University’s Creative Writing Program as the recipient of a Lillian Vernon Fellowship. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is finishing her first novel. 


Maud Streep is from Nyack, New York, and lives in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana. Her writing has been supported by scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Lighthouse Works, and VCCA. Her short story “The Crazies” is forthcoming in One Story.


Alexandra Tanner was born and raised in Florida. A graduate of the MFA program at The New School, her writing has appeared in Indiana Review, Joyland, and Ninth Letter, among other journals, and has received support from the MacDowell Colony. She lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a novel and a collection of stories.


Hubert Vigilla is a Brooklyn-based writer whose fiction has appeared in The Normal School, No Tokens, Territory, Mud Season Review, and Long Story, Short. His criticism and culture writing has appeared on Flixist, The Destroyer, and other online publications. He received his MFA from The New School.

 


 

Our 2016 Fellows

 

 


Our 2016 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows were Daniel DiStefano, Marie Holmes, Kay Iguh, Swati Khurana, Hafeez Lakhani, Danny Lorberbaum, Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes, Dan Sheehan, and Erin Somers. All photos by Roque Nonini. These photos were provided as part of the fellowship.

 

Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2016.


 

2015 Fellows

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2015 Center for Fiction Fellows were: Naomi Feigelson ChaseLisa ChenNicola DeRobertis-Theye, t’ai freedom ford, Anu Jindal, Stephen Langlois, Melissa Rivero, Samantha Storey, and Ruchika Tomar. All photos by misaki matsui. These photos were provided as part of the fellowship. 

 

Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2015.

 


 

2014 Fellows



 

Lisa Armstrong (Brooklyn), Cedrick Mendoza-Tolentino (Manhattan), Stephanie Miki Arndt (Manhattan), Dwyer Murphy (Brooklyn), Zeeva Bukai (Brooklyn), Belal Rafiq (Manhattan), Elysha Chang (Brooklyn), Wil Weitzel (Manhattan), and Su-Yee Lin (Queens).

 

Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2014.

 

 


 


2013 Fellows

 

 

 

The 2013 Center for Fiction Fellows were: Lexi Freiman, Patricia Park, Jane Rose Porter, Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, Bezalel Stern, Lauren Wilkinson, Brennen Wysong, and Courtney Zoffness.

 

Click here to view the video of the fellows reading their work in September 2013.

 

 


 

 

2012 Fellows

 

 

The 2012 Center for Fiction fellows were: Leopoldine CoreRosalie KnechtLisa LeeDaniel Long, Manuel MartinezTracy O'Neill, Tim O'SullivanJackie Reitzes, and Seamus Scanlon

 

Click here for the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2012.

 

 


 

 

2011 Fellows

 


The 2011 Center for Fiction Fellows were: Ted Bajek, Marie-Helene Bertino, Mitchell Jackson, Caleb Leisure, Geneviève Mathis, Elizabeth Shah-Hosseini, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan and James Yeh.

 

Click here to watch the video of the fellows reading their work in October 2011.



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The Center for Fiction Fellowships for NYC Early Career Writers are made possible through a grant from The Jerome Foundation with matching funds from individual donors.

 

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Books by

Our Former Fellows!


Safe As Houses

by Marie-Helene Bertino



2 a.m. at The Cat's Pajamas

by Marie-Helene Bertino



The Journals of Empress Galla Placidia from her Faithful Servant Lepida
  by Naomi Feigelson Chase


When Watched

by Leopoldine Core

 

 

how to get over

by t'ai freedom ford

 

 

Inappropriation

by Lexi Freiman

 

 

  The Residue Years

by Mitchell S. Jackson

 

 

  Relief Map

by Rosalie Knecht

 

 

Who is Vera Kelly

by Rosalie Knecht

 

 

 The Hopeful

by Tracy O'Neill



Re Jane

by Patricia Park



  Go To Hells: An Updated Guide to Dante's Underworld by Onnesha Roychoudhuri

 

 

Restless Souls

by Dan Sheehan

 


  As Close As You'll Ever Be

by Seamus Scanlon

 


  Blue Talk and Love

by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan