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Apply to the NYC Emerging Writer Fellowship

The Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writer Fellowship offers grants, editorial mentorship, and other opportunities to early-career New York City-based practitioners who are at a critical moment in their development as fiction writers.

During the one-year fellowship period, grantees will receive:

  • A grant of $5,000
  • The opportunity to have their manuscript revised and critiqued by an experienced editor
  • Access to write in our Writers Studio
  • The opportunity to meet with editors, authors, and agents who represent new writers at monthly dinners
  • Two public readings as part of our annual program of events
  • A professional headshot for personal publicity use
  • Inclusion in an anthology distributed to industry professionals
  • Tickets to our First Novel Fete and/or Benefit & Awards Dinner
  • Complimentary admission to all Center events
  • 25% discount on writing workshops at the Center

Eligibility Requirements

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. 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.

Please email with any questions or concerns.

Application Requirements

We will begin accepting applications at 3pm ET on May 1, 2021. Applications are due via our online Submission Manager by 11:59PM on May 30, 2021. There is an application fee of $10. Please follow the instructions carefully as incomplete applications will not be read:

Please submit a fiction writing sample, not to exceed 7,500 words, as a double-spaced Word document (.doc or .docx). The submission must include page numbers. The writing sample may be either a novel excerpt or one complete short story. If you write primarily “flash fiction” or “short shorts” (1,000 words or less) you are permitted to submit multiple stories as long as the total word count does not exceed the previously stated limit. Please do not include any personal or identifying information on your writing sample. Writing samples containing this information will not be read.

Once your submission has successfully uploaded, email a PDF or jpeg scan showing proof of residency to A New York driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card is the preferred proof of residency. A PDF of a current utility bill, bank statement, lease/rental agreement, or recent pay stub may also be used to show residency. If you are a full-time resident of New York City, but do not have any of these items, please e-mail to discuss other proof of residency that may be provided.

Please note that we do not wish to receive application cover letters. Instead, please include your mailing address and phone number in the email with your proof of residency. Please do not include any other information unless absolutely necessary, such as questions or comments relating to your eligibility or the submission process.


Applications are read by a carefully selected group of passionate readers, writers, and editors. All applications will be read by at least three readers. Fellows will be selected by our panel of judges. Decisions regarding acceptance are based on the merit of the writing sample submitted.

Applications Open at 3pm ET on May 1

Deadline to Apply: May 30, 2021