Applications opened on January 1, 2021, for the 2021 A Public Space Writing Fellowships. ​The aim of these fellowships is to seek out and support writers who embrace risk in their work and their own singular vision. It is for writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book.

Fellowship slots and benefits

Three fellowships will be awarded, which will include:

—six months of editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece for publication in the magazine;
—a $1,000 honorarium;
—the opportunity to meet virtually with members of the publishing community, including agents, editors, and published writers;
—the opportunity to participate in a public reading and conversation with A Public Space editors and contributors.


​-Only writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work are eligible.

-International applicants are encouraged to apply, but only those able to make submissions in English will be considered.

-Only one submission per person is allowed.

-Do not submit a piece you have previously submitted to A Public Space, either through the Fellowship category, the General Submissions category, or an Open Call.


— A cover letter containing a one-paragraph biographical statement; one paragraph that is a favorite of yours from a book you’ve read, be it recently or long ago; and a brief statement telling us why this particular passage is meaningful to you. Also, note in your cover letter if you are a resident of one of New York City’s five boroughs. (One of the three selected fellows will be a New York City writer.)
— One previously unpublished prose piece. There is no word-count requirement. If selected, the piece submitted is the piece that will be published in the magazine.
— Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but note that if [… continue reading] for full guidelines and to send in your application.

Deadline: January 31, 2021

We wish you the best!

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