June Dodge Fellowships are open to poetry or prose writers from the Northwest -- Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon) -- and whose work is inspired by adventure, travel, or the outdoors. The June Dodge fellowship includes your room/writing studio, meals, and transit to Mineral from Portland, Seattle, or points between those two cities.
About June Dodge: June Dodge is not a real person -- but she's got a real heart. June Dodge emerged from a typo in the local newspaper, but what a great typo, what a great muse. We picture June Dodge as a wild west character, tough but gracious, with a little dirt on her brow from a hard day's work, an Aries spitfire, probably ready to spend the evening talking quatrains or Coltrane over a tin cup of moonshine before kicking her chair over with her boot and going back to the typewriter to make the words fly like bullets. It takes grit to write and June Dodge has it. If you've got character and determination she'd like to support that.
Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of established poetry and prose writers. Your work is presented anonymously to the readers and they will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample. Your application will be assigned a number once it is completed.
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. For the artist statement you do not include information regarding awards, published work, or identifying or biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.
Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to 20 pages of 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. Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages. Also, do not include your name as the title of your document. (That is, if your name is Sylvia Plath, don't upload sylviaplath.doc.)
Preferred Residency Dates: Our application lets you choose your preferred residency period. If you can only attend during your preferred residency period, do not designate 2nd or 3rd choice residency periods. If you have a preferred residency period but are willing to attend other sessions in the event your first choice isn't possible, mark 2nd and 3rd choices. If all the dates are equally fine with you, tick that box.
Please don't hit the "submit" button on your application until all these elements are attached!