Critical Writing Fellowship

by Jessica Stolen
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Momus is now accepting applications for the third iteration of the Critical Writing Fellowship, supported this year by Critical Minded.

This paid opportunity provides sustained mentorship, editorial support, and network-building to an early-career art writer or critic. Over an 8-month period (April to December 2024) of research, dialogue, and drafting, the Fellow will produce a feature-length text to be published in Momus. Two Shortlisted Fellows will also be commissioned to produce texts for publication in Momus.

This year, mentorship will be overseen by writer and critic Jessica Lynne, who says:

 As this year’s Critical Writing Fellowship mentor, I am excited to dream alongside, champion, and closely support writers whose perspectives are not readily present in art writing. Writers are encouraged to be ambitious in their proposals as there are no thematic priorities. I see this fellowship as a time for daring writing informed by clear, guiding frameworks; but this does not mean that writers are expected to have all of the answers at the time of proposal submission. This fellowship is designed to make room for the pleasure of questions and surprising investigations.

Lynne and the Fellow will work closely together, exploring the “big picture” elements of the selected Fellow’s research as well as the challenges, nuances, and intimacies of the writing process itself. In conversation with Lynne, the Fellow will develop a regular meeting schedule for progress check-ins and create a calendar for the submissions of essay drafts and revisions. As a mentor, Lynne will also share related resources and strive to make connections to institutions, individuals, and other professional entities that are especially related to the Fellow’s project. 

For more information about past Critical Writing Fellowships, visit our website.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Ideal Candidate: An early-career art writer/critic with some publishing experience, a clear voice, and the desire to learn and evolve through the editing process. Applicants writing from a de-centered or historically marginalized position will be prioritized. There are no limitations on the candidate’s geographic location as this is a remote position.

Honorarium: $4,000 USD for an 8-month fellowship. 

Time Commitment: The Fellow is expected to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week on their writing, research, and communication with their mentor and the Momus editorial advisors. The mentor will have up to three hours a week available for working with the Fellow, in the form of reading, editing, and communication. 

Shortlisted Fellows: Two Shortlisted Fellows will be commissioned to write a long form piece for publication in Momus, with the guidance of the editorial team.

Mentor Bio: Jessica Lynne is a writer, art critic, and Momus Associate Editor. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Artforum, The Believer, FriezeThe Los Angeles TimesThe Nation, and Oxford American, where she is a contributing editor. She is the recipient of a 2020 Research and Development award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, a 2020 Arts Writer Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation, and the inaugural Beverly Art Writers Travel Grant awarded in 2022 by the American Australian Association. 

Adjudication: Applications will be adjudicated by Jessica Lynne with Sky Goodden, Momus Founding Publisher; Lauren Wetmore, Director of Programs; and Merray Gerges, Associate Editor.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please send your application as a single PDF to programs@momus.ca by Sunday 25 February, midnight EST. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, and the results will be announced before the start of the fellowship in April.

The application should be a single PDF and contain the following:

  1. A one-page letter of intent describing why you are applying for the fellowship and the area of interest you would seek to engage in through the fellowship.
  2. A C.V. (no more than three pages long)
  3. One published writing sample; a second writing sample is optional (the second sample may be published or unpublished). There is no word limit.

Any questions about the program or the application process can be directed to programs@momus.ca.

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