The 2015 APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

News 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​Leslie Jamison, Jack Livings, Amy Leach, Michael Thomas, and Jesmyn Ward were all emerging writers (and in some cases unpublished) when their work first appeared in A Public Space, and with these fellowships we hope to continue the tradition of supporting new writers whose work shows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you will need to submit, via the APS Emerging Writer Fellowship​s​ category ​on​ our Submittable page: (1) a previously unpublished short story or essay, and (2) a cover letter​ that includes one paragraph with biographical information, and one paragraph about a piece of writing by another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.

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