“Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” ~ Maya Angelou
This fellowship invites young writers, ages 18 to 25, to explore social justice issues including racial discrimination, women’s rights, and/or educational disparity. The work may be in any literary genre: fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, or a combination. The successful application will demonstrate insight, honesty, literary merit, and the likelihood of publication.
Two fellowships will be awarded. One will be unrestricted. The other will be awarded to a young writer from the Arkansas Southern Delta region. Fellowship winners receive a two-week residency to focus completely on their work. Writers may stay in the Maya Angelou Suite at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Each writer’s suite has a bedroom, private bathroom, separate writing space, and wireless internet. Fellowship recipients are provided with uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week and served in our community dining room, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch. Fellows are given the opportunity to participate in the community outreach of their choice and are provided the chance to be published in eMerge, the online literary magazine of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.
Fellowship applications must be accompanied by a writing sample and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Writers proposing more than one project must submit a separate application and fee for each one. The submission period opens on Monday, April 5, 2021. Deadline is midnight CDT on Monday, June 28, 2021. The winner will be announced no later than July 16, 2021. Residency must be completed by December 31, 2022.
The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow would like to thank author Adele Holmes, Janetta Kearney, Esq., and the Celebrate! Maya Project for generously funding this fellowship. For more information about funding a fellowship supporting the genre and/or area of interest you are passionate about, visit www.writerscolony.org/sponsor-a-fellowship.
Adele Holmes is a pediatrician who retired to write and wander. Her objective is to speak to social injustice while using her medical background and knowledge of the world through travel to weave tales that are both entertaining and thought provoking. Her novel “Winter’s Reckoning,” will be published in 2022. Learn more at www.adeleholmes.com.
JKEsquire’s motto is to be, "a voice for the voiceless to preserve and improve the justice system to insure free and just involvement for all, under the law."
The Mission of the Celebrate Maya Project is to honor and encourage literacy, creativity and the social consciousness of our youth and community through the inspiring life and work of artist and activist Maya Angelou. Learn more at www.celebratemayaproject.org.
The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists without discrimination. We foster an environment that allows writers to work, interact with the wider community, stimulate new thinking, and energize creative expression.
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