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The 2018 Public Space Fellowships

September 8, 2017

**The A Public Space Fellowships will be announced on our News page on Wednesday, February 21.**

We are pleased to announce that applications will open on September 15 for the 2018 Public Space Fellowships.


There Will Never Be Another Person Like Jim Again

Yiyun Li August 12, 2016

The first year I taught freshman rhetoric at Iowa, a young woman announced at the beginning of the semester that she was from a Catholic, white supremacist background.


The 2016 Emerging Writer Fellows

February 9, 2016

We are thrilled to announce our 2016 Emerging Writer Fellows: Sasha Saben Callaghan, Kristen Gleason, and Gothataone Moeng. We would also like to thank all of the writers who submitted manuscripts, the readers who spent the past eight weeks evaluating, debating, and championing applications, and the National Endowment for the Arts for its generous support of the program.

Supporting new writers has been an essential part of A Public Space since our debut issue—Leslie Jamison, Nam Le, and Jesmyn Ward published their first stories in the magazine—and with the Emerging Writer Fellowships we hope to continue this tradition by finding writers who have not yet published a book-length work but whose writing shows exceptional talent.

In response to an open call in October 2015, we received nearly 1,100 submissions from emerging writers across the world.

Here is some information about the three fellows, and a glimpse of the stories they shared with us:

Sasha Saben Callaghan is sixty and began writing seriously three years ago. In October 2015 she graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with an MA in creative writing. She is currently working on a graphic novel set in Victorian London about the short but remarkable life of Adelaide Foltinowicz and her relationship with the decadent poet Ernest Dowson. Sasha is the program director of the Big Flame Disability Arts Festival and lives on the east coast of Scotland with her children and granddaughter.

It is NOT A GOOD IDEA. It is a stupid idea. Patrick always GOES OFF, he goes OFF ON ONE. Patrick is always PLAYING HAMLET. Jackie says Patrick is a right MARDYBUM. Patrick NEEDS A GOOD SLAP. — "A List of Some of the Things Martin Knows"

Kristen Gleason was born in California. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Fence, Fairy Tale Review, the Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. In 2011, she was the recipient of a High North Fellowship from the University of Tromsø, Norway. Currently she lives in Athens, Georgia, where she is a doctoral student in creative writing.

He followed the helicopter’s path up the mountainside. There the pale pig slept in her pen of rebar and string. There she slept in the shadow of the great jointed tube that was swallowing and swallowing the waterfall. The tube would never get full and neither would the pale pig, who held in the bowl of her eye all the fruit that had ever been and all the fruit that would ever be. — "The Pale Pig"

Gothataone Moeng was born in Serowe, Botswana, and currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where she is a second-year MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi. In 2015 she was a finalist for the Driftless Prize in Fiction.

Our favorite dresses and tops fluttered all around the room from nails someone had hammered onto the wall. Our room—The Mansion, we called it—seemed to always be writhing and heaving under the weight of all our bodies, our Sheen Straight and Blue Magic, our wigs, our lipsticks, our perfume, our sweat, our laughter, our worries, our convictions that we would tame the city. — "Bodies"

Our 2015 Emerging Writer Fellows were Jai Chakrabarti, Cornelius FitzPatrick, and Arinze Ifeakandu. Our 2014 Emerging Writer Fellows were Vanessa Hutchinson, Mahreen Sohail, and April Wolfe.


The 2016 APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

October 1, 2015

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for our 2016 Emerging Writer Fellowships.


#APSeverywhere

June 15, 2015

Throughout the summer and into the fall, we will be distributing postcards at various bookstores, performance venues, and cultural institutions around Brooklyn asking people to document a public space in the borough on a 4" x 6" canvas. Here is what we've received so far.


The 2015 Emerging Writer Fellows

February 10, 2015

We are thrilled to announce our 2015 Emerging Writer Fellows: Jai Chakrabarti, Cornelius FitzPatrick, and Arinze Ifeakandu. We would also like to thank all of the writers who submitted manuscripts, the readers who spent the past eight weeks evaluating, debating, and championing applications, and the National Endowment for the Arts for its generous support of the program.

Supporting new writers has been an essential part of A Public Space since our debut issue—Leslie Jamison, Nam Le, and Jesmyn Ward published their first stories in the magazine—and with the Emerging Writer Fellowships, which are now in their second year, we look to continue this tradition by seeking out writers who have not yet published a book-length work but whose writing shows exceptional talent.


The 2015 APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

September 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for ​the 2015 Emerging Writer ​F​ellowships. Under this project, three emerging writers will ​be selected for six-month fellowships, which will include:

– A ​mentorship from an established author who has previously contributed to A Public Space;
– Publication in the magazine;
– ​A contributor's payment of $1,000;
– ​Free workspace in our Brooklyn offices​ (optional)​.

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.

​Leslie Jamison, Jack Livings, Amy Leach, Michael Thomas, and Jesmyn Ward were all emerging writers (and in some cases unpublished) when their work first appeared in A Public Space, and with these fellowships we hope to continue the tradition of supporting new writers whose work shows distinctive and exceptional talent. Our focus when reviewing applications will be on finding writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work​ and who would benefit from the time, space, and editorial attention the fellowships offer.​

To apply you will need to submit, via the APS Emerging Writer Fellowship​s​ category ​on​ our Submittable page: (1) a previously unpublished short story or essay, and (2) a cover letter​ that includes one paragraph with biographical information, and one paragraph about 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 residency ​at our Brooklyn office.

There is no fee for applying, but please note that we can only accept applications through the proper category on Submittable ​and​ 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.​ Applications that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.​

The deadline for applications is 5pm EST on October 15, 2014. Successful applicants will be informed no later than ​February 10, 2015. The fellowship period will be March 1, 2015 – September 1, 2015.

Call for Artists

July 31, 2014

We are absolutely thrilled to be publishing a story from Kelly Link’s forthcoming collection in our fall issue. Part Philip K. Dick, part Pygmalion, “The New Boyfriend” is a twisted send-up of Twilight-era teenage love. APS Readers, we’re giving you the chance to illustrate it for us.


The 2014 Emerging Writer Fellows

June 20, 2014

We are thrilled to announce our inaugural Emerging Writer Fellows: Vanessa Hutchinson, Mahreen Sohail, and April Wolfe. We would also like to thank all of the writers who submitted manuscripts, and the readers who spent the past eight weeks evaluating, debating and championing applications.

Supporting new writers has been an essential part of A Public Space since the debut issue—Leslie Jamison, Nam Le, and Jesmyn Ward published their first stories in the magazine—and with the Emerging Writer Fellowships we hope to continue this tradition by seeking out writers who have not yet published a book-length work but whose writing shows exceptional talent.


Announcing the APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

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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