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Writing Fellows

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February 29, 2024

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2024 Writing Fellowships at A Public Space will open on March 1, 2024. The aim of these fellowships is to seek out and support writers who embrace risk in their work and their own singular vision.

Established in 2014, the Writing Fellowships at A Public Space have supported thirty writers at the start of their careers, including several who have gone on to publish debut books, among them Mahreen Sohail, Arinze Ifeakandu, Jai Chakrabarti, Kate Doyle, Bruna Dantas Lobato, Gothataone Moeng, Deborah Jackson Taffa, and LaToya Watkins.

Writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book are invited to apply to the 2024 Writing Fellowships. Submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are welcome. Three fellowships will be awarded.

During the five-month fellowship, fellows will receive:

—editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece for publication in the magazine;

—a $1,000 honorarium;

—a one-year subscription to A Public Space;

—a guest pass to attend Master Classes;

—the opportunity to participate in a public reading and conversation with A Public Space editors and contributors.

Eligibility: Only writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work with a U.S. publisher are eligible. Writers who have self-published, published an academic text, published a book with a publisher outside the U.S., or translated another writer’s work are eligible to apply. Writers who have published a chapbook or published (or contracted to publish) a book-length work in any of the fellowship genres (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) in the U.S. are ineligible to apply. International applicants are encouraged to apply, but we are only able to consider submissions in English. Only one submission per person is allowed. Please do not submit a piece you have previously submitted to A Public Space, either through the Fellowship category, the General Submissions category, or an Open Call. A Public Space reserves the right to invite submissions.

Timeline: Applications for the 2024 Writing Fellowships will be accepted via Submittable from March 1, 2024–March 31, 2024. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on March 31, 2024. Successful applicants will be informed no later than May 27, 2024. The fellowship period will be June 1, 2024 through November 30, 2024.

Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the Writing Fellowship category in Submittable. (The category will not be available until March 1, 2024.) There is no application fee. Please submit the following:

—A résumé

—A cover letter containing a one-paragraph biographical statement; one paragraph that is a favorite of yours from a book you've read, be it recently or long ago; and a brief statement telling us why this particular passage is meaningful to you.

—One previously unpublished piece (for prose, a limit of 6,000 words; for poetry, up to 15 pages). If selected, the submitted manuscript is the piece that will be published in the magazine.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please note that if any part of the submitted work is accepted elsewhere, you will be required to withdraw your entire application; replacement submissions will not be accepted once the deadline has passed.

Only PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx) are accepted. The cover letter and manuscript should be submitted as separate files. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned unread.

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