Residencies for Writers in 2016

Aerogramme Writers’ Studio compiled a list of residencies available for writers in 2016. Some examples include:

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
Found in 1920, the American Library is Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library. It’s fellowship program is open to writers worldwide. Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. Applications close 12 February.

Danish Centre for Writers and Translators
Since 1999 the Danish Centre for Writers and Translators has offered writers, translators and illustrators free working residencies at the old manor Hald Hovedgaard, situated 10 kilometres from the town of Viborg, in the middle of Denmark.The Centre is offering four-week residencies in June 2016 to international authors who have had at least two books of fiction or poetry published. Applications close on 21 February.

Norton Island Residency
Located in Maine, halfway between Mount Desert National Park and Campobello Island, Norton Island is a remote, rustic wilderness with facilities to accommodate writers and artists. A committee of independent jurors will selected 16 writers (from fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction) for inclusion in the program which runs from 26 June to 5 July 2016. If accepted, a $125 residency fee is payable, though a small number of scholarships are available. Applications close on 1 March.

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We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program

Working to develop diverse writers and diverse books, We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB™) announces a mentorship program partnering award-winning writers and illustrators recognized for their diverse publications with upcoming writers and illustrators who are diverse or working on diverse publications.

Year-long mentorships will be awarded in five categories: picture book text, illustration, nonfiction, middle grade fiction, and young adult fiction. The WNDB™ mentors include an impressive lineup: Coretta Scott-King Award winner Nikki Grimes, Robert F. Sibert Honor recipient Patricia Hruby Powell, William C. Morris and Lambda Literary Award finalist Malinda Lo, and Newbery Honor recipient Margarita Engle. The illustrator-mentor will be announced within the coming weeks.

Children’s writers and illustrators seeking mentorships are invited to submit applications between October 1 to October 31, 2015. The applicants will be reviewed for mentorship need and readiness, and manuscripts will be evaluated on such elements as craft, story, and diversity. WNDB™ mentorship recipients will be announced in December 2015, and mentees will begin working with mentors in 2016.

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Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program

Hedgebrook is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.

Hedgebrook supports visionary writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. The Writers in Residence program is Hedgebrook’s core program that for more than 25 years has supported fully-funded residencies for writers representing diversity in citizenship status, nationality, current place of residence, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, trans* identity, age, disability, professional experience, and economic resources.

The final submission deadline is midnight, Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

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Tiptree Fellowships

After almost 25 years of Tiptree Awards, the Tiptree Motherboard is expanding the reach of the Award to reflect the changing and expanding landscape both of science fiction/fantasy and of gender itself. Fellowships will be $500 per recipient and will be awarded each year to two creators who are doing work that pushes forward the Tiptree mission. The Tiptree Fellows might be writers, artists, scholars, media makers, remix artists, performers, musicians, or something else entirely. If you are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative – maybe in a form we would recognize as the science fiction or fantasy genre, maybe in some other way – you will be eligible for a Fellowship. You won’t have to be a professional or have an institutional affiliation, as we hope to support emerging creators who don’t already have institutional support for their work.

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BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship

BuzzFeed’s Emerging Writers Fellowship is designed to give writers of great promise the support, mentorship, and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers. During the four-month program, the writers in this fellowship will benefit from career mentorship and editorial guidance while also receiving financial support.

These writers will focus on personal essay writing, cultural reportage, and profiles. During their time in fellowship, writers will be expected to pitch, report, and write with the added benefit of writing workshops, panel discussions with editors and writers from throughout the industry, and assigned readings. Mentorship within the program will focus on teaching writers how to thrive as freelancers as well as on staff at media organizations; this mentorship will hopefully continue well after the fellowship itself is concluded.

Ideal candidates for this program will have ambitious ideas and a proven desire to publish work that creates an impact on cultural conversations. The product of the fellowship will be published by BuzzFeed. The writers selected for the fellowship will work with BuzzFeed News’ senior editorial staff and be based in New York. Fellows will receive a stipend of $12,000.

Submission deadline: October 1, 2015

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Horatio Alger Fellowship for the Study of American Popular Culture

The University Libraries, Northern Illinois University, invite applications for the Horatio Alger Fellowship for the Study of American Popular Culture. Funding is available to scholars who will be using materials from the Libraries’ major holdings in American popular culture. Preference will be given to applicants who signify an interest in conducting research related to Horatio Alger, Jr. The Fellowship award consists of a $1500 stipend.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2015, with research taking place between July 1 and December 31, 2015.

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Tiny Letter Residency

Five writers will spend ten days at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California from November 30 to December 9, 2014. During the residency, each writer will work on a project of their own choosing, free from the distractions of everyday life.

TinyLetter will cover the writers’ room and board, plus travel to and from Palm Springs. Writers will gather for dinner together on the first and last nights, with the remaining time open for working alone (or in groups, if a collaborative mood strikes).

This residency is for writers who have a specific project to work on. Fiction writers, journalists, poets, essayists—all are welcome to apply. Deadline is September 26, 2014.

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Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. Their mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.

Too often, creative impulses are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. The foundation’s goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.

They welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco bay area.

The foundation will award the following:
Sustainable Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award: $6,000
Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award: $6,000
There will be multiple winners for each award.

Additionally, they will be awarding a number of smaller Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential.

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The Gulliver Travel Research Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation travel grants are awarded annually to assist writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction) in their research. They are not currently available for academic research, though they hope to offer such funds in the future. They are currently offering one $800 travel grant annually, to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses.

This grant, as with all SLF grants, is intended to help writers working with speculative literature.

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Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is a one-time grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to writing and career development. These activities include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work.

The grant is administered by Sisters in Crime, a 3,600-member organization of mystery authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore. In 2014 the group invites members to: “SinC Up With Great Crime Writing! Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.”

Deadline for applications: July 4, 2014. The winner will be selected and announced in the fall of 2014.

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