Announcing the APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

News March 13, 2014

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for three A Public Space Emerging Writer fellowships. Under this new project, three emerging writers will receive:

– A six-month mentorship from an established author who has previously contributed to A Public Space;
– Publication in the magazine;
– A one-off stipend of $1,000; and
– For writers who are based in New York / visiting New York, free workspace in our Brooklyn offices.

Please note that applicants from all across the world are encouraged to apply for these fellowships, and that the residency in our offices is an optional element. We are only able to consider submissions in English.

A Public Space is proud to have been the first place to publish stories by writers like Leslie Jamison, Corinna Vallianatos, Nam Le, and Jesmyn Ward, who have all since gone on to win major awards for their work. These fellowships continue that tradition. Our focus when reviewing applications will be on finding writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work, but whose writing shows exceptional promise.

To apply you will need to submit, via the "APS Emerging Writer Fellowship Applications" category of our Submittable page: (1) a previously unpublished short story or essay you have written, and (2) a cover letter telling us about you and a piece of writing by another author that has been meaningful to you. Please include in the cover letter your email and postal address, the title and word count of your piece, and any publication credits to date. (The lack of any publication credits won’t count against you.) Please also state whether you would wish to take advantage of the optional residency element of the fellowship.

There is no fee for applying, but please note that we can only accept applications through the proper category on Submittable & that we will not be able to consider email or postal applications. Please only submit one application per author. There is no upper word limit on submissions.

The deadline for applications is 5pm EST on 15th April 2014. Successful applicants will be informed no later than 20th June 2014. The fellowship period will be 1st September 2014 – 1st March 2015.


*The above text has been amended to reflect the fact that applicants from all over the world are now eligible to apply.

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