The Margins Fellowship 2019

Asian American Writers’ Workshop 

INFO: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2019 Margins Fellowship. 

Four emerging Asian American writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins. We see this as a chance to support writers from Asian diasporic, West Asian, Arab, and North and East African communities as well as Muslim writers of color more broadly. If you are a writer of color who identifies with these communities, please discuss this in your application.

The Margins is the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s online magazine of arts and ideas featuring new fiction and poetry, literary and cultural criticism, and interviews with writers and artists. Our stories have been linked to by the Wall Street Journal, The New Inquiry, Literary Hub, and the New York Times. Our contributors include Chang-rae Lee, Jessica Hagedorn, Vijay Iyer, Bhanu Kapil, Katie Kitamura, Hua Hsu, Amitava Kumar, and Yoko Ogawa.

All applicants should read our FAQ before applying to determine whether or not they are eligible. The Margins fellowship is open to emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab creative writers who are age 30 or under and reside in New York City. Fellowship applicants may not be enrolled in any academic, conservatory, college, or degree granting training program during the fellowship term. 
DEADLINE: September 12, 2018



Harvard University

INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

AWARD: Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Applicants may apply for either one or two semesters. Single-semester Radcliffe fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.

DEADLINE: September 13, 2018


The MacDowell Colony

INFO: The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply.

MacDowell is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability. The Colony offers barrier-free access in its main buildings and some studios. There are no medical facilities or medical personnel on site. MacDowell is situated in a rural area with limited access to medical care facilities. We strongly suggest that applicants with special medical needs contact the Resident Director before applying.


DEADLINE: September 15, 2018 


2019-2020 Cullman Center Fellowship

INFO: The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). Visual artists at work on a book project are also welcome to apply. 

The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.

DEADLINE: September 28, 2018


Winter Tangerine Food Writing Workshop

Winter Tangerin / Kindiman

 INFO: From October 21st through October 27th, Kundiman will be collaborating with Winter Tangerine to offer an online Food Writing Workshop called "To Carry Within Us An Orchard, To Eat"!

In homes, in restaurant spaces, in the mixing and re-mixing of cuisines, Asian American and people from Asian diasporas often identify with–– and are defined by–– food. During this workshop, we will delve deep into the intimate reverberations and political implications that food evokes, while also forming a community around our shared rituals and desires. As food is so often tied to identity, the workshop seeks to celebrate Asian American and Asian diasporic food writing that already complicates master narratives while continuing the process of making space for our own food histories. During this workshop, we will work in community to generate conversation about food in all its manifestations and forms.

This one-week long online writing workshop includes full writing lessons, prompts, guided writing generation activities & a Guest Seminar, which are hour-long web classes with writers we love. We're overjoyed to welcome Muriel Leung to give a Guest Seminar for this workshop. Previous Guest Seminars have been given by Kaveh Akbar and Fatimah Asghar. This workshop is a collaboration between the literary organizations Winter Tangerine and Kundiman.

This workshop is for Asian American writers and writers from Asian diasporas who seek to expand the parameters of food writing while challenging their personal practice as creatives. Food is deeply personal, but also by nature communal: Together, we will find the celebrations, the struggles, and the beauty that makes up our food.

There is no age limit or requirement, and no experience is necessary. The title of this workshop comes from the poem “From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee.


TUITION: $75 (financial aid is available to those with need).

DEADLINE: September 30, 2018



INFO: Established in 2015 to nurture the unique and vibrant channels through which fiction has carried us, the Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded fiction manuscript is selected through an annual submission process, which is open to all authors.

JUDGE: Ann Hood 

AWARD: $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press


DEADLINE: September 30, 2018


2019 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship

INFO: The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is a $5,000 award offered annually to an author of children's or young-adult fiction. It has been developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in his or her career to complete a book-length work-in-progress.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2018


2019 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

INFO: The Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, which was established in 2000 by Barbara Kingsolver and is funded entirely by her, was created to promote fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. The $25,000 prize is awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that exemplifies the prize’s founding principles. The winner also receives a publishing contract with Algonquin Books. 


Deadline: October 1, 2018




INFO: An iStory is a short, dramatic narrative, fiction or nonfiction, up to 150 words long. They are particularly interested in works that give readers a strong sense of having read a full and complete story in a brief space.

AWARD: $100 for each iStory accepted for publication.

SUBMISSION FEE: There is a $22 fee for each submission. And with your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.