Writing Fellowship Guidelines

Applications for the 2017 - 2018 Writing Fellowship may be submitted online on or before December 1, 2016.  

Fellowship: The Fine Arts Work Center awards seven-month Writing Fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers each year from October 1 through April 30.  Writing Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment and a monthly stipend of $750.  Fellows are required to remain in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, during the seven-month Fellowship.

Eligibility: Each year, we award fellowships to five emerging fiction writers and five emerging poets.  Your application will either be sent to our Fiction Jury or our Poetry Jury.  Those whose works fall between those two categories or employ both may also apply; however, all applicants must either choose "Fiction" or "Poetry" on the application form.  Writers applying in more than one genre must submit separate applications, including a non-refundable processing fee for each genre.  (In the past, some applicants have chosen to submit works of memoir/nonfiction prose to the Fiction Jury; however, the Fiction Jury will consider such writing samples as works of fiction among other applications in that genre.)  Writers working in a language other than English will be judged only on their own English translations of their own work, i.e. as writers of English.  

The Committee reserves the right to disqualify applicants it considers over-qualified.  Writers who have published a full-length book of creative work are not eligible.  The Committee should be notified of any prior book contracts as well as those received throughout the application review period.

The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.  

Fee: There is a $50 application fee that you pay with a credit or debit card when you submit your application online.

Application Requirements: Fiction writers applying for a Fellowship may submit short stories or an excerpt from a novel.  If submitting an excerpt from a novel, please include a brief synopsis (1–2 pages) and, preferably, the opening section.  Maximum length for the complete fiction writing sample: 35 double-spaced pages in 12-point typeface.  Maximum length for the poetry writing sample is 15 pages.  

Manuscripts will not be returned.  Do not send us the only copies you have of your work.  If you have applied to the Work Center before, please include new work in your writing sample.  

After preliminary reading, the jury may request additional writing samples.

To apply online for a Writing Fellowship in Fiction, please click here

To apply online for a Writing Fellowship in Poetry, please click here.

Notification: You will receive a response in early May.  Information on the progress of an application is not available before we announce the final decisions.  Applications are read and discussed over a five-month evaluation period by members of the Writing Committee and, by invitation, other writers associated with the Work Center.


If you have any questions regarding the writing fellowship application process, please contact Writing Coordinator Sophia Starmack at sstarmack@fawc.org or call 508.487.9960 x 109.