Summer Writing Fellowship Application

Guidelines and Stipulations

Each year, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College offers writing fellowships for the summer. The fellowships fund worthy projects falling within the following areas: travel and/or research connected to and culminating in a work of creative writing; a writing-related internship at (for example) a literary magazine, book publisher, or literary agency; and/or attendance at a summer conference or workshop. The awards range from between $2,000.00 to $4,000.00. The following stipulations apply:

1. Qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken one 200 and one 300-level (or higher) workshop OR two 300-level (or higher) workshops at Goucher are eligible to apply. If applicants have completed one 200-level class and are concurrently enrolled in a 300-level (or higher) workshop at the time of application (or enrolled that spring in a 300-level or higher workshop), they are also eligible to apply.

2. Goucher Students from all majors/minors are eligible. Students do not have to be creative writing majors or minors to be eligible.  No.1, above, cites the only eligibility criteria.

3. When you submit your writing sample, please submit a sample MATCHING the genre of your intended fellowship project.  E.g., if you plan to write a cycle of poems reflecting your experience in Athens, Greece, then please submit poetry for your application materials.  Do not submit fiction if you wish to pursue a poetry project.  Do not submit creative non-fiction if you wish to pursue a screenwriting project, etc.

4. Length of submissions for creative materials are as follows: (a) up to eight poems; (b) up to 25 pages of short prose pieces (fiction or creative nonfiction); (c) a sample novel chapter (up to 25 pages) with a one-page plot synopsis; (d) one play; or (e) the logline of an original screenplay (no adaptations) along with a writing sample of its opening act (up to 30 pages).

5. Fiction writers, poets, creative nonfiction writers, playwrights, and screenwriters who fulfill criteria in no. 1, above, may apply.

6. A student who has received a Kratz fellowship in the past can apply for a second fellowship ONLY IF they have turned in their final project for their first fellowship.  If they did not submit their final project, they are ineligible to apply for a second fellowship.

7. Fellowships may not be used to fund Intensive Courses Abroad (ICAs).

8. No changes upon receipt of the award may be made in the category of the original proposal (for example, money awarded for an internship must be used for an internship).

9. Projects funded must be completed in the summer—fellowships may not be used for a project scheduled to happen later.

10. Fellowship awardees are required to submit a dossier of the writing produced during the fellowship to the Director of the Kratz Center in the fall semester following the summer fellowship period.  This deadline is typically around Thanksgiving (see the agreement below for specifics).

11. Applicants are urged to be specific and thorough in the articulation of their artistic agenda in the narrative and the proposed budget. Avoid over-generalized statements.  Instead, please carefully detail your artistic aims. For travel requests, rather than merely stating plans for a road trip, articulate how funds requested for travel reflect the applicant’s creative approach.

Apply for a 2024 Summer Writing Fellowship

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 8, 2024, at 4:59 p.m. 

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To apply, please download, complete, and save the application (DOCX).  Then upload that document with the following form:

Submit Summer Writing Fellowship Application