About the Miami Book Fair Emerging Writer Fellowship Programs

Miami Book Fair’s Emerging Writer Fellowships program offers a life-changing experience to fresh literary voices. Through the generous sponsorship of the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at the Miami Foundation, we have selected three program recipients who will enjoy critical mentorship from a nationally established author in their respective genre, as well as a host of other strategic supports.

EWF supports developing writers who demonstrate exceptional talent and promise by providing them with time, space, and an intellectually and culturally rich artistic community. The program’s goal is to actively support these writers – who are working to complete a book-length project within a year – and help them launch their literary careers. Emerging Writer fellows are granted professional experience in arts administration, teaching creative writing, and other opportunities; a $41,000 stipend; and strong literary community support to allow for 12 glorious months of uninterrupted time to craft their works.



 SPEAK UP MENTORSHIP APPLICATION


THE PROGRAM
The Speak Up Mentorship for Teens is a summer-based (four weeks) program for six teens (in grades 9-12). The Speak Up Mentorship will allow the six students to work one-on-one with a writing mentor chosen from MBF’s pool of acclaimed teaching artists. Applicants will apply to be fellows in one of three genres – fiction, nonfiction, and poetry – and will be chosen on the basis of their writing portfolio’s excellence. 

If chosen, the Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with their mentors for one-on-one instruction and individualized feedback on specific works; attend Speak Up workshops and summer camp; receive performance coaching and the opportunity to perform their work at any capstone Speak Up events open to families and/or the public. Teens will benefit from intensive private instruction and gain confidence from interacting with published, professional authors and engaging with highly motivated peers and participating in public events.


One-on-one Mentorships with more advanced students, with a drive toward high school portfolios, work, contest entries, fellowships, publication, and beyond.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. EST on June 24, 2022. No late submissions will be accepted. There is no fee to apply.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Free and open to all students, but priority is given to Miami-Dade County students. Public, charter, private, and homeschoolers are all eligible to apply.
  • Must be a rising 9th – 12th grader to apply.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact Ismery at Ipavon@mdc.edu
REQUIRED MATERIALS
The following materials must be included in the respective uploaders (acceptable files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF). Do not include identifying information in the writing statement and writing sample, only in the cover letter. The application file must include:

  • Cover Letter (this includes bio, objectives, skills, and achievements) with contact information (name, phone number, mailing address, email address), title, and genre of manuscript-in-progress.
  • Writing Statement: 1 – 2 pages (double-spaced)

The Writer’s Statement (between 1–2 pages double-spaced) should detail the applicant’s specific interest in pursuing the Speak Up Mentorships.
When writing your statement, we recommend that you ask yourself: What specifically about the Speak Up Mentorship piques your interest? Why are you applying to this one? What compels you to keep writing, even when the going gets tough? What writers have influenced your writing style and approach thus far, and what sort of work do you hope to complete this summer and beyond? What do you hope to get out of this Mentorship?
The Writing Sample instructions are below:

  • The title of your manuscript should only appear in the document header, with page numbers.
  • Prose: 5 – 12 pages (double-spaced)
  • Poetry: 5 – 7 pages of poems. Each poem must start on a new page.
  • Spoken word: 1-2 video recording (no more than 3 minutes each). Acceptable files are MP3, MP4, MPG, WAV.

We look forward to reading your work!

Speak Up Creative Writing Summer Camp will immerse creative teens (ages 13+) in brainstorming, craft exercises, and fun and supportive workshopping with established teaching poets and writers.


This fully online program includes:
  • Masterclasses and live Q&A sessions with critically acclaimed authors
  • Live interactive workshops on creative writing and performance with established teaching artists
  • One-on-one mentorship sessions to provide in-depth feedback
  • Virtual activities


This is a competitive application-only program. Applications will be open from May 23 to June 24. Students will be notified whether they have been accepted or not by July 11. Students must confirm participation in Summer Camp by July 13.

Emerging Writer Fellowship Submission for Fiction


List of Application Materials Needed

  • Proposal for manuscript-in-progress
  • Statement of need
  • Manuscript sample
  • CV
  • Recommendation letters (2)

Submission Guidelines
Manuscripts may be submitted starting March 1, 2022, until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2022. The submission is free. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2022. 

  • Applicant may apply only once per submission cycle, regardless of genre.
  • Only online submissions are accepted through our submission manager, Submittable. Applicants may verify the receipt of their manuscripts by logging into Submittable.
  • Miami Book Fair assumes no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application early.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • Aside from the Submittable Cover Page, there should be no identifying information in any of the submitted materials.
  • Academic Nonfiction, Translations, Graphic Narratives, Children’s Literature and      Young People’s Literature (including Middle Grade and Young Adult), and Film or Play Scripts are not eligible.


The following materials must be submitted (acceptable files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF). There should be no identifying information in any of these materials. Any applications that do not comply with this strict formatting will be immediately disqualified. Application file must include:

  • 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. Name the document [PROPOSAL_GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE]. (example: Proposal_Fiction_Beloved)
  • Statement of need: Tell us why it is important that you receive this fellowship now. Name the document [STATEMENT_GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE]. (example: Statement_Fiction_Beloved)
  • Sample of manuscript-in-progress (paginated, and with running title of manuscript in header - same as manuscript title listed above): Be sure NOT to include personal identifier in your submission (i.e. First or Last Name).
  • Prose: 50-70 pages in Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • Name the document [GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE].doc (example: Fiction_Beloved.doc)
  • CV (education, professional experience, full publication list, honors and awards, etc.). Name the document [LASTNAME]_[FIRSTNAME]_CV.doc (example: Smith_Jane_CV.doc)


Applicant must also request that two (2) recommendation letters be submitted online or emailed to Ismery Pavon at ipavon@mdc.edu within seven (7) calendar days after the application deadline.

  • Letters of recommendations should include information relevant to writing, dedication, any relevant strengths, and skills regarding the applicant’s writing, work ethic, and ability to engage with the community.
  • Letters of recommendations can include college professors, mentors, and anyone who can speak for the applicant’s writing, work ethic, skills, and community involvement.
  • Applicants should provide this link to recommenders so they can directly upload their recommendation letter by the deadline:  

https://mdc.formstack.com/forms/emerging_writer_fellowships_letter_of_recommendations

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

List of Application Materials Needed

  • Proposal for manuscript-in-progress
  • Statement of need
  • Manuscript sample
  • CV
  • Recommendation letters (2)

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts may be submitted starting March 1, 2022, until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2022. The submission is free. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2022.

  • Applicant may apply only once per submission cycle, regardless of genre.
  • Only online submissions are accepted through our submission manager, Submittable. Applicants may verify the receipt of their manuscripts by logging into Submittable.
  • Miami Book Fair assumes no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application early.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • Aside from the Submittable Cover Page, there should be no identifying information in any of the submitted materials.
  • Academic Nonfiction, Translations, Graphic Narratives, Children’s Literature and      Young People’s Literature (including Middle Grade and Young Adult), and Film or Play Scripts are not eligible.

The following materials must be submitted (acceptable files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF). There should be no identifying information in any of these materials. Any applications that do not comply with this strict formatting will be immediately disqualified. Application file must include:

  • 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. Name the document [PROPOSAL_GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE]. (example: Proposal_Nonfiction_Beloved)
  • Statement of need: Tell us why it is important that you receive this fellowship now. Name the document [STATEMENT_GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE]. (example: Statement_Nonfiction_Beloved)
  • Sample of manuscript-in-progress (paginated, and with running title of manuscript in header - same as manuscript title listed above): Be sure NOT to include personal identifier in your submission (i.e. First or Last Name).
  • Prose: 50-70 pages in Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • Name the document [GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE].doc (example: Nonfiction_Beloved.doc)
  • CV (education, professional experience, full publication list, honors and awards, etc.). Name the document [LASTNAME]_[FIRSTNAME]_CV.doc (example: Smith_Jane_CV.doc)

Applicant must also request that two (2) recommendation letters be submitted online or emailed to Ismery Pavon at ipavon@mdc.edu within seven (7) calendar days after the application deadline.

  • Letters of recommendations should include information relevant to writing, dedication, any relevant strengths, and skills regarding the applicant’s writing, work ethic, and ability to engage with the community.
  • Letters of recommendations can include college professors, mentors, and anyone who can speak for the applicant’s writing, work ethic, skills, and community involvement.
  • Applicants should provide this link to recommenders so they can directly upload their recommendation letter by the deadline:

https://mdc.formstack.com/forms/emerging_writer_fellowships_letter_of_recommendations 

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

List of Application Materials Needed

  • Proposal for manuscript-in-progress
  • Statement of need
  • Manuscript sample
  • CV
  • Recommendation letters (2)

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts may be submitted starting March 1, 2022, until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2022. The submission is free. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2022.

  • Applicant may apply only once per submission cycle, regardless of genre.
  • Only online submissions are accepted through our submission manager, Submittable. Applicants may verify the receipt of their manuscripts by logging into Submittable.
  • Miami Book Fair assumes no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application early.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • Aside from the Submittable Cover Page, there should be no identifying information in any of the submitted materials.
  • Academic Nonfiction, Translations, Graphic Narratives, Children’s Literature and      Young People’s Literature (including Middle Grade and Young Adult), and Film or Play Scripts are not eligible.


The following materials must be submitted (acceptable files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF). There should be no identifying information in any of these materials. Any applications that do not comply with this strict formatting will be immediately disqualified. Application file must include:

  • 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. Name the document [PROPOSAL_GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE]. (example: Proposal_Poetry_Beloved)
  • Statement of need: Tell us why it is important that you receive this fellowship now. Name the document [STATEMENT_GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE]. (example: Statement_Poetry_Beloved)
  • Sample of manuscript-in-progress (paginated, and with running title of manuscript in header - same as manuscript title listed above): Be sure NOT to include personal identifier in your submission (i.e. First or Last Name).
  • Poetry: 20-30 pages in Times New Roman, single-spaced (unless style requires special formatting)
  • Name the document [GENRE_MANUSCRIPT_TITLE].doc (example: Poetry_Beloved.doc)
  • CV (education, professional experience, full publication list, honors and awards, etc.). Name the document [LASTNAME]_[FIRSTNAME]_CV.doc (example: Smith_Jane_CV.doc)

Applicant must also request that two (2) recommendation letters be submitted online or emailed to Ismery Pavon at ipavon@mdc.edu within seven (7) calendar days after the application deadline.

  • Letters of recommendations should include information relevant to writing, dedication, any relevant strengths, and skills regarding the applicant’s writing, work ethic, and ability to engage with the community.
  • Letters of recommendations can include college professors, mentors, and anyone who can speak for the applicant’s writing, work ethic, skills, and community involvement.
  • Applicants should provide this link to recommenders so they can directly upload their recommendation letter by the deadline:

https://mdc.formstack.com/forms/emerging_writer_fellowships_letter_of_recommendations

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!

Beca de Escritores Emergentes – Propuesta para ficción en español


Materiales necesarios para la aplicación

  • Propuesta del manuscrito en curso
  • Declaración de necesidad: por qué es importante para Ud. recibir esta beca.
  • Muestra del manuscrito en curso
  • CV
  • Cartas de recomendación (2)


Instrucciones para el envío de la aplicación

La convocatoria estará abierta a partir del 1 de marzo de 2022, hasta las 23:59 EST del 31 de Mayo de 2022. La aplicación es gratuita. No se aceptarán aplicaciones después de las 23:59 EST del 31 de Mayo de 2022.

  • El solicitante puede postularse solo una vez por ciclo de presentación, independientemente del género de la obra.
  • Solo se aceptan envíos on line a través de nuestra plataforma, Submittable. Los solicitantes pueden verificar la recepción de sus manuscritos entrando a Submittable.
  • Miami Book Fair no asume ninguna responsabilidad por los manuscritos no recibidos debido a un error del usuario. Por lo tanto, le recomendamos enviar su solicitud con tiempo suficiente.
  • La aplicación no tiene ningún costo.
  • Además del cover page de Submittable, no debe haber información que identifique al solicitante en ninguno de los materiales enviados.
  • No son elegibles la no ficción académica, las traducciones, las narrativas gráficas, la literatura infantil y la literatura juvenil (ni grados intermedios ni adultos jóvenes)..


Instrucciones de formato

Los archivos aceptados son PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF. No debe haber ninguna información que identifique al solicitante. Cualquier aplicación que no cumpla con este formato estricto será descalificada inmediatamente. El archivo (file) de la solicitud debe incluir:

  • Declaración de necesidad: por qué es importante para Ud. recibir esta beca. Cómo nombrar el documento: [DECLARACIÓN_TÍTULO DEL MANUSCRITO].doc. Ejemplo: Declaración_LasAventuras.doc
  • Propuesta para completar un manuscrito en curso que sea factible concluir dentro del      año que dura la beca. Debe incluir la sinopsis del proyecto tener máximo una página a espacio simple. Cómo nombrar el documento:  [PROPUESTA _TÍTULO DEL MANUSCRITO].doc (ejemplo: Propuesta_ LasAventuras.doc)
  • Muestra de manuscrito (paginado, con el  título del manuscrito en el encabezado): 50 a 70 páginas en Times New Roman, a doble espacio, con márgenes de una pulgada. Asegúrese de NO INCLUIR información personal (como su nombre y apellido). Cómo nombrar el documento: [MANUSCRITO_TÍTULO DEL MANUSCRITO].doc. Ejemplo: Manuscrito_LasAventuras.doc
  • CV  (educación, experiencia profesional, lista de publicaciones, honores y premios, etc.) Cómo nombrar el documento [APELLIDO]_[NOMBRE]_CV.doc. Ejemplo:      Salcedo_Juana_CV.doc)


El solicitante también debe solicitar que se submitan online o envíen por correo electrónico dos (2) cartas de recomendación dirigidas a Ismery Pavon (Ipavon@mdc.edu) dentro de los siete (7) días calendario posteriores a la fecha límite de la solicitud (es decir, antes del 6 de abril).

  • Las cartas de recomendación deben incluir información relevante a la escritura, dedicación, destrezas y habilidades relevantes para la escritura, la ética de trabajo y la capacidad del solicitante para relacionarse con la comunidad.
  • Las cartas de recomendación pueden incluir profesores universitarios, mentores y cualquier persona que pueda hablar de la escritura, la ética de trabajo, las habilidades y la participación comunitaria del solicitante.
  • Los solicitantes deben proporcionar el email de Ismery Pavon (Ipavon@mdc.edu)  o el      link siguiente a los recomendadores, para que puedan enviar directamente su carta de recomendación antes del 6 de abril:

https://mdc.formstack.com/forms/emerging_writer_fellowships_letter_of_recommendations

Los concursos de becas de la Feria del Libro de Miami adhieren al Código de Ética de Concursos del Consejo de Prensa y Revistas Literarias (CLMP, sigla en inglés), como se establece a continuación.

“La comunidad de editores literarios independientes del CLMP considera que los concursos éticos están al servicio de nuestro objetivo común: conectar a escritores y lectores mediante la publicación de textos excepcionales. Creemos que la intención de actuar de forma ética, la claridad de las pautas y la transparencia del proceso son la base de un concurso ético. Con ese fin, acordamos 1) realizar nuestros concursos de la manera más ética posible y tomar medidas ante cualquier comportamiento poco ético por parte de nuestros lectores, jueces o editores; 2) proporcionar pautas de concurso claras y específicas, que aclaren cualquier conflicto de intereses para todas las partes involucradas; y 3) poner a disposición del público el funcionamiento de nuestro proceso de selección. Este Código reconoce que los diferentes modelos de concursos producen resultados distintos, pero que cada modelo se puede ejecutar de manera ética. Hemos adoptado este Código para reforzar nuestra integridad y dedicación como comunidad editorial y para garantizar que nuestros concursos contribuyan a crear un patrimonio literario vibrante”.

La Feria del Libro de Miami utiliza un proceso de evaluación por pares de doble ciego. Los evaluadores no saben los nombres de los autores de las presentaciones que revisan, y cada manuscrito es leído dos veces por dos evaluadores diferentes en tres niveles, antes de que la lista de finalistas llegue al jurado.

Los evaluadores tienen las calificaciones necesarias para revisar los manuscritos. Cada uno debe demostrar una formación profesional en redacción y edición. La Feria del Libro de Miami también revisa las credenciales de los evaluadores y se decanta por profesionales que hayan tenido experiencias similares previas como evaluadores y jueces de otros concursos de escritura.

¡Esperamos leer tu trabajo!

Miami Book Fair