Emerging Writer Fellowships

General Information | Submission Guidelines | Eligibility | Timeline

Each Fellowship Includes: 

  • $41,000 honorarium, to be divided as follows:
    • $5,000 initial lump sum to be paid to fellow one month before fellowship dates begin.
    • $36,000 = 12-monthly stipend of $3,000 to cover all living expenses (i.e. utilities, incidentals, transportation, groceries, etc.)
  • Mentorship with an established writer in your genre. Mentors are expected to be part of the selection committee, and meet with fellow a minimum of 6 times (approximately every two months) during the 12-month fellowship. Fellows are expected to share progress and receive feedback on their manuscript-in-progress throughout the year.
  • Professional experience. Fellows have the option to gain valuable experience in the field and build their professional resume during the 12-month fellowship:
    • Creative Writing Workshops: Miami Book Fair offers community creative writing workshops in all genres throughout the year. Fellows have the opportunity to create and teach one workshop during the 12-month fellowship.
    • School Visits: Give presentations at local elementary, middle, or high schools to inspire and empower students.
    • Fellows may visit Miami Dade County Public School Title 1 schools and/or Miami Dade College classes to give presentations and/or readings.

Additional benefits:

  • Fellows may attend one community creative writing workshop per semester for free.
  • Fellows may attend one Miami Writers Institute workshop in the genre of their manuscript-in-progress. This includes one 15-minute manuscript consultation with that year’s MWI literary agent/editor.
  • Fellows may visit Miami-Dade County Public School Title 1 schools and/or Miami Dade College classes to give presentations and/or readings.
  • Fellows are invited to attend any and all year-round Miami Book Fair events.
  • Studio space to work during your residency.

Emerging Writer Fellowships / Eligibility

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age as of the application deadline.
  • By law Miami Book Fair must report cash prizes awarded to individuals to the Internal Revenue Service. If individuals have a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), the individual will receive a 1099. Therefore, the applicant must currently reside in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory and meet one of the below criteria on the date of the application deadline, in any given year, is eligible to apply:
    • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR), also known as a "green card" holder. 
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or any subsequent categories designated by the U.S. authorities as conferring similar enhanced status upon non-citizens living in the United States legally able to work in the U.S.
    • Stipend for winner(s) will be subject to the completion of IRS Form W-9, including a valid ITIN or SSN.
  • Applicant must not have published in any genre a book-length work, have a book under contract, or be negotiating a contract either in the United States or abroad by the time the fellowship begins. Contracts received while in residence are fine and do not affect an individual’s fellowship status. You may be asked to disclose any submissions still pending at time of acceptance and/or the start of the fellowship.
  • It is fine to have published excerpts in magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the manuscript in its entirety must not have been previously published (including self-publications and e-books). If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.
  • Applicant must submit a proposal for a book-length manuscript-in-progress in English that can feasibly be completed within the year-long fellowship program. Proposals must be for a manuscript-in-progress of original work in English by a single author. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. Translations are not eligible.
  • Must be able to travel to and live in Miami, Florida for the duration of the 12-month fellowship, excluding necessary travel.
  • Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the mentors are excluded from the contest. Likewise, the current Miami Dade College and Miami Book Fair advisory board members, staff, and teaching artists are excluded, as are members of their immediate families. If any of the selected applicants fall under these categories they will be disqualified, and a replacement will be chosen from among the finalists. Acquaintance and participation in a workshop taught by the mentor should not be a disqualifying factor, so long as the manuscript sample is not recognizable to the mentor. Anyone wondering if they might be a “close friend” of the above mentioned probably is.
  • Miami Book Fair does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

Emerging Writer Fellowships / Timeline

  • Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2020 
  • Winners Notified: July 1, 2020
  • Residency: January 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022
  • Final project manuscript and completed survey of fellowship from fellows submitted by January 31, 2022

* Miami Dade College / Miami Book Fair does not own any material generated during residency, it remains the intellectual property of the fellow, but we reserve the right to reproduce any small part for grant reporting purposes. 


The Miami Book Fair Emerging Writer Fellowships are supported by The Jorge M. Peréz Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation.


Emerging Writer Fellowship Submission for Fiction

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts may be submitted starting February 1, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. EST April 30, 2020. The submission is free. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2020. 

  • Applicant may apply only once per submission cycle, regardless of genre.
  • Only online submissions are accepted through our submission manager, Submittable. Miami Book Fair assumes no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error. Applicants may verify the receipt of their manuscripts by logging into Submittable.
  • There is no fee to apply.

The following materials must be included IN ORDER as a SINGLE file (acceptable files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF). Any applications that do not comply with this strict formatting will be immediately disqualified. Application file must include:

  • Cover letter with contact information (name, phone number, mailing address, email address), title and genre of manuscript-in-progress.
  • Proposal to complete a manuscript-in-progress that can be feasibly completed within the year-long fellowship (not to exceed one single-spaced page). Must include synopsis of project.
  • Statement of need: Tell us why it is important that you receive this fellowship now.
  • Sample of manuscript-in-progress (paginated, include name and title of manuscript in header):
    • Prose: 70 – 100 pages in Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • CV (education, professional experience, publication list, honors and awards, etc.)
  • Name the document [LASTNAME]_[FIRSTNAME].doc (example: Smith_Jane.doc)

Applicant must also request that two recommendation letters be sent to Ismery Pavon at ipavon@mdc.edu or via mail within seven (7) calendar days after the application deadline:

Miami Book Fair @ MDC
Attn: Ismery Pavon
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Freedom Tower
Miami, FL 33132


Miami Book Fair’s Fellowship contests adhere to the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses Contest Code of Ethics as stated below.


“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”


The Miami Book Fair utilizes a double blind review process. Screeners do not know the names of the authors of the submissions they review and each entry is read twice by two different screeners at three levels before the finalists are forwarded to judge for the Fellowship.

The screeners are well-qualified to review the manuscripts. Each must demonstrate a professional background in writing and editing. Miami Book Fair also reviews screeners’ credentials and prefers screeners who have participated as screeners and judges of other writing contests.


We look forward to reading your work!

Emerging Writer Fellowship Submission for Nonfiction

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts may be submitted starting February 1, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. EST April 30, 2020. The submission is free. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2020.
 

  • Applicant may apply only once per submission cycle, regardless of genre.
  • Only online submissions are accepted through our submission manager, Submittable. Miami Book Fair assumes no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error. Applicants may verify the receipt of their manuscripts by logging into Submittable.
  • There is no fee to apply.

 The following materials must be included IN ORDER as a SINGLE file (acceptable files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF). Any applications that do not comply with this strict formatting will be immediately disqualified. Application file must include:
 

  • Cover letter with contact information (name, phone number, mailing address, email address), title and genre of manuscript-in-progress.
  • Proposal to complete a manuscript-in-progress that can be feasibly completed within the year-long fellowship (not to exceed one single-spaced page).  Must include synopsis of project.
  • Statement of need: Tell us why it is important that you receive this fellowship now.
  • Sample of manuscript-in-progress (paginated, include name and title of manuscript in header):     
    • Prose: 70 – 100 pages in Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • CV (education, professional experience, publication list, honors and awards, etc.)
  • Name the document [LASTNAME]_[FIRSTNAME].doc (example: Smith_Jane.doc)

 Applicant must also request that two recommendation letters be sent to Ismery Pavon at ipavon@mdc.edu or via mail within seven (7) calendar days after the application deadline:
Miami Book Fair @ MDC
Attn: Ismery Pavon
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Freedom Tower
Miami, FL 33132


Miami Book Fair’s Fellowship contests adhere to the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses Contest Code of Ethics as stated below.

 “CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

The Miami Book Fair utilizes a double blind review process. Screeners do not know the names of the authors of the submissions they review and each entry is read twice by two different screeners at three levels before the finalists are forwarded to judge for the Fellowship.
The screeners are well-qualified to review the manuscripts. Each must demonstrate a professional background in writing and editing. Miami Book Fair also reviews screeners’ credentials and prefers screeners who have participated as screeners and judges of other writing contests.

 We look forward to reading your work!

Emerging Writer Fellowship Submission for Poetry

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts may be submitted starting February 1, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. EST April 30, 2020. The submission is free. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2020.
 

  • Applicant may apply only once per submission cycle, regardless of genre.
  • Only online submissions are accepted through our submission manager, Submittable. Miami Book Fair assumes no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error. Applicants may verify the receipt of their manuscripts by logging into Submittable.
  • There is no fee to apply.

 The following materials must be included IN ORDER as a SINGLE file (acceptable files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF). Any applications that do not comply with this strict formatting will be immediately disqualified. Application file must include:
 

  • Cover letter with contact information (name, phone number, mailing address, email address), title and genre of manuscript-in-progress.
  • Proposal to complete a manuscript-in-progress that can be feasibly completed within the year-long fellowship (not to exceed one single-spaced page). Must include synopsis of project.
  • Statement of need: Tell us why it is important that you receive this fellowship now.
  • Sample of manuscript-in-progress (paginated, include name and title of manuscript in header):     
    • Poetry: 20-30 pages in Times New Roman, single-spaced (unless style requires special formatting)
  • CV (education, professional experience, publication list, honors and awards, etc.)
  • Name the document [LASTNAME]_[FIRSTNAME].doc (example: Smith_Jane.doc)

 Applicant must also request that two recommendation letters be sent to Ismery Pavon at ipavon@mdc.edu or via mail within seven (7) calendar days after the application deadline:
Miami Book Fair @ MDC
Attn: Ismery Pavon
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Freedom Tower
Miami, FL 33132


Miami Book Fair’s Fellowship contests adhere to the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses Contest Code of Ethics as stated below.

 “CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

The Miami Book Fair utilizes a double blind review process. Screeners do not know the names of the authors of the submissions they review and each entry is read twice by two different screeners at three levels before the finalists are forwarded to judge for the Fellowship.
The screeners are well-qualified to review the manuscripts. Each must demonstrate a professional background in writing and editing. Miami Book Fair also reviews screeners’ credentials and prefers screeners who have participated as screeners and judges of other writing contests.

 We look forward to reading your work!

Miami Book Fair