Creative Writing Fellowships from the NEA

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National Endowment for the Arts: Creative Writing Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript. Through this program, the Arts Endowment seeks to sustain and nurture a diverse range of creative writers at various stages of their careers and to continue to expand the portfolio of American art.

Applications must be submitted electronically through, the federal government’s online application system. The system must receive validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 10, 2021. Late applications are not accepted.

Expect notification of awards and rejections no earlier than December 2021. NEA support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2022, and January 1, 2023, and extend for up to two years.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2022, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in prose (fiction and nonfiction) are available. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2023 and guidelines will be available in January 2022. You may apply only once each year.

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