Calling All Writers: Apply for Miami Book Fair’s Emerging Writer Fellowships

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Calling All Writers: Get the resources you need to craft a great book of poetry, fiction,  or Spanish-language manuscript.

Miami Book Fair’s Emerging Writer Fellowships (EWF) program offers a life-changing experience to fresh and exciting literary voices. Through the generous sponsorship of the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at the Miami Foundation, on March 1 we launched a search for the program’s next cohort: four writers who will enjoy critical mentorship from a nationally established author in their respective genre – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and new this round, Spanish-language – as well as a host of other strategic supports.

These fellowships support previously unpublished writers who demonstrate exceptional talent and promise by providing them with time, space, and an intellectually and culturally rich artistic community. The program’s goal is to actively support these writers – who are working to complete their first book-length project within a year – and help them launch their literary careers. Emerging Writer Fellows are granted professional experience in arts administration, teaching creative writing, and other opportunities; a $41,000 stipend; and strong literary community support to allow for 12 glorious months of uninterrupted time to craft their works.

“The program truly reflects our mission to seek out, encourage, and offer concrete resources to exciting new writers,” said Lissette Mendez, MBF’s director of programs. “Providing relevant tools and a platform to an inclusive group of creative thinkers – who have important things to share and teach us – is an embodiment of what Miami Book Fair does.”

Apply for the Emerging Writers Fellowship by May 30. No Application Fee.

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List of Application Materials Needed

  • Proposal for manuscript-in-progress
  • Statement of need
  • Manuscript sample
  • CV
  • Recommendation letters (2)

Submission Guidelines

  • Applicant may apply only once per submission cycle, regardless of genre.
  • Only online submissions are accepted through our submission manager, Submittable. Applicants may verify the receipt of their manuscripts by logging into Submittable.
  • Miami Book Fair assumes no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application early.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • Aside from the Submittable Cover Page, there should be no identifying information in any of the submitted materials.
  • Academic Nonfiction, Translations, Graphic Narratives, Children’s Literature and Young People’s Literature (including Middle Grade and Young Adult), and Film or Play Scripts are not eligible. 

Formatting Guidelines

The following materials must be submitted (acceptable files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF). There should be no identifying information in any of these materials. Any applications that do not comply with this strict formatting will be immediately disqualified. Application file must include:

  • Proposal to complete a manuscript-in-progress that can be feasibly completed within the year-long fellowship (not to exceed one single-spaced page). Must include synopsis of project. Name the document [PROPOSAL_GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE]. (example: Proposal_Fiction_Beloved)
  • Statement of need: Tell us why it is important that you receive this fellowship now. Name the document [STATEMENT_GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE]. (example: Statement_Fiction_Beloved)
  • Sample of manuscript-in-progress (paginated, include title of manuscript in header):
    • Prose: 50-70 pages in Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
    • Poetry: 20-30 pages in Times New Roman, single-spaced (unless style requires special formatting)
  • Name the document [GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE].doc (example: Fiction_Beloved.doc)
  • CV (education, professional experience, full publication list, honors and awards, etc.). Name the document [LASTNAME]_[FIRSTNAME]_CV.doc (example: Smith_Jane_CV.doc)

Applicant must also request that two (2) recommendation letters be submitted online or emailed to Ismery Pavon at [email protected] within seven (7) calendar days after the application deadline.

  • Letters of recommendations should include information relevant to writing, dedication, any relevant strengths, and skills regarding the applicant’s writing, work ethic, and ability to engage with community.
  • Letters of recommendations can include college professors, mentors, and anyone who can speak for the applicant’s writing, work ethic, skills, and community involvement.
  • Applicants should provide this link to recommenders so they can directly upload their recommendation letter by the deadline:

Apply for the Emerging Writers Fellowship by May 30. No Application Fee.

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