for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships
FOR THE ARTS
Through fellowships to published creative writers and translators of exceptional talent in
the areas of prose and poetry, the Arts Endowment advances its goal of expanding the
opportunities for artists to create and refine work. This program operates on a two-year cycle
with fellowships in prose available one year and fellowships in poetry available the next.
What We Fund
Fellowships for Creative Writers
Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfic-
tion) or poetry are available to published creative
writers of exceptional talent. Fellowships enable
recipients to set aside time for writing, research,
travel, and general career advancement.
Grants are for $20,000.
Grants are available to published translators of
literature for projects that involve the specific
translation of prose (fiction, creative nonfiction,
and drama) or poetry (including verse drama)
from other languages into English.
We encourage translations of writers and of
work which are insufficiently represented in English
translation. All proposed projects must be for
creative translations of published literary material
into English. The work to be translated should be
of interest for its literary excellence and value.
Priority will be given to projects that involve work
that has not yet been translated into English.
Grants are for $10,000 or $20,000, depending upon the
artistic excellence and merit of the project.
NOTE: The application deadlines for Translation Projects
are no longer the same as the deadlines for Creative Writing.
See "Application Deadlines for the new dates.
For Creative Writing and Translation Fellowships
Applications will be reviewed on the basis of artistic
excellence and artistic merit.
Individuals may apply only once each year.
Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous.
Potential applicants should consider carefully
whether their work will be competitive at the
All applicants must be previously published.
We Do Not Fund
• Individuals who previously have received two or
more Creative Writing or Translation Fellowships
from the National Endowment for the Arts.
• Individuals who have received any Creative
Writing or Translation Fellowship from the
National Endowment for the Arts within the ten
years prior to the application deadline.
• News reporting.
• Scholarly writing.
• Vanity publication or self-publication.
• Work toward academic degrees.
Who We Fund
Fellowships for Creative Writers
You are eligible to apply in Fiction if, between
January 1, 1996, and March 3, 2003, you have had
• At least five different short stories, works of short
fiction, or excerpts from novels in two or more
literary journals, anthologies, or publications
which regularly include fiction as a portion of
their format; or
• A volume of short fiction or a collection of short
• A novel or novella.
You are eligible to apply in Creative Nonfiction if,
between January 1, 1996, and March 3, 2003, you
have had published:
• At least five different creative essays (such as
personal essays, memoirs, etc.) in two or more
literary journals, anthologies, or publications; or
• A volume of creative nonfiction.
You are eligible to apply in Poetry if, between
January 1, 1997, and March 1, 2004, you have
• A volume of 48 or more pages of poetry; or
• Twenty or more different poems or pages of
poetry in five or more literary journals, antholo-
gies, or publications which regularly include
poetry as a portion of their format. Up to 16
poems may be in a single volume of poetry of
fewer than 48 pages. This volume, however,
may count as only one of the required five
places of publication.
You are eligible to apply if you, alone or in
• Published a translation into English of a novel
or a volume of 48 or more pages of fiction or
poetry, or a book-length translation of a wprk of
literary merit; or
• Published a total of 48 pages of translations of
creative literature into English in literary maga-
zines, anthologies, or books; or
• Translated into English at least one full-length
play or verse drama that has been produced by a
professional theater company.
This publication or production must have taken
place between January 1, 1988, and February 3,
2003, for Prose applicants, and between January 1,
1989, and February 2, 2004, for Poetry applicants.
These deadlines cover two fiscal years. Grants are
available as follows:
Creative Writing Fellowships:
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction (FY 2004) March 3, 2003
For projects starting no earlier than January 1, 2004
Poetry (FY 2005) March 1 , 2004
For projects starting no earlier than January 1, 2005
Prose (FY 2004) February 3, 2003
For projects starting no earlier than November 1, 2003
Poetry (FY 2005) February 2, 2004
For projects starting no earlier than November 1, 2004
If you are interested in applying, the FY 2004/2005
Literature Fellowships Guidelines are available from
the Endowment or its Web site:
National Endowment for the Arts
Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20506-0001
The Literature Fellowships Guidelines contain
detailed application information and the forms that
applicants must use to apply.
The delivery of First-Class mail to the Arts Endowment has been
delayed since mid-October 2001 , and delays are expected to
continue for the foreseeable future. Until normal mail service
resumes, please consider using alternative delivery services,
particularly if you are sending time-sensitive material.
The National Endowment for the Arts enriches our
nation and its diverse cultural heritage by supporting
works of artistic excellence, advancing learning in the
arts, and strengthening the arts in communities
throughout the country.