The Erin Donovan Writing Fellowship is open to an emerging woman writer of poetry or prose living in Massachusetts, New York, Washington, or Oregon, who is at least 40 years old as of June 1, 2019, and whose writing expresses both wit and compassion. This fellowship includes room and board as well as a travel stipend of ($175 max for WA/OR, $400 max for MA/NY) and is available for the August 2019 residency period (August 18 - September 1, 2019).
About Erin Donovan: This fellowship was established to honor the memory of Erin Donovan (1965-2015), a talented fiction writer, beloved teacher, and independent creative spirit who made her home in the Pacific Northwest. Beloved for her joie de vivre, sense of humor, and compassion, Erin was a gifted and intuitive thinker, attuned to human nature and the brilliant particulars of the everyday. Offering this fellowship in her name, her friends and family seek to support the talent and literary potential of other women writers who will find creative space and time at Mineral School. The fellowship is for the August residency, in honor of the month Erin passed away.
Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of established poetry and prose writers, and finalists may be additionally reviewed by friends and family of Erin. Your work is presented anonymously to the readers and they will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample and boldness of your voice. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample or the title of the documents for those samples (eg, if your name is Jane Doe, don't title your document "JaneDoe.doc").
What you will need to prepare before beginning the application process:
Short bio: In one paragraph, how would you describe your education, publication or public readings experience, and any paid or service work that helps further your artistic vision?
Artist Statement: In a one-page (maximum) statement, please discuss how a residency would help you advance your creative work. Also share a short statement about your writing process and/or what life experiences and literary influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as a writer. Be yourself. The jurors want to get a sense of you as an artist and your creative process. This will help in making final decisions. For the artist statement please do not include information regarding awards, published work, or identifying biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.
Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to 10,000 words (prose) or 20 pages (poetry) in 12-point font, in a Word Doc, Docx, or PDF format. Work samples can be work-in-progress or already published work -- whatever you feel will make the strongest application. You are welcome to include an introductory note (a paragraph or two) explaining the sample (i.e. -- this is a prologue, this is a memoir excerpt, etc.). Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample, i.e. make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages.
Residency Dates: August 18, 2019 - September 1, 2019.
Please don't hit the "submit" button on your application until all these elements are attached!