Midwest Arts Writers Fellowship

by Jessica Stolen
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Sixty’s Midwest Arts Writers Fellowship is a 6-month remote opportunity for two Midwest-based arts writers to develop, refine, and publish writings on topics that are resonant and relevant to Indigenous, trans, queer, diasporic, and/or disabled artists, arts workers, and residents of the region. Each fellow will receive an unrestricted $3,000 award to support their writing and research.

Fellows will be invited to consider and reflect on the complexities of Midwest life and the artists who help define and articulate its culture. With this fellowship Sixty’s Midwest Arts wants to support writers whose work elevates the ways that artists are thinking about the defining dynamics of the Midwest, from their distinct vantage point. During the fellowship each writer will publish two long-form and related articles (1,200+ words) that offer a deeper understanding of the cultural ecosystems of the Midwest and explore how their topic/s intersect politically, culturally, and regionally.


This 6-month fellowship includes the following: 

  • A $3,000 unrestricted award for each fellow.
  • Dedicated editorial mentorship and support throughout the fellowship period.
  • Dedicated support from the editor of Sixty Bilingual, our network of Spanish-language translators, and our transcription services, if needed. 
  • Participation in a public discussion between you and a guest speaker of your choice, hosted by Sixty.
  • Invitations to writer-focused gatherings and events hosted by Sixty during and beyond the fellowship period.
  • Post-fellowship access to paid opportunities and resources offered only to Sixty’s network of past and present artists, writers, and arts workers.


  • You have an active writing practice.
  • You are based in the Midwest.
  • You have not been a contributor to or commissioned artists for one of Sixty’s special projects within the past year.
  • You have a clear and demonstrated commitment to the topic you are writing about.

This fellowship is made possible with support from Arts Midwest. Arts Midwest supports, informs, and celebrates Midwestern creativity—building community and opportunity across our region and beyond.

CLOSESMarch 27, 2024 11:59 pm



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