Emerging Writer Fellowship

"Through this fellowship, I’ve learned to write fearlessly and with unwavering authority. I don’t know what exactly the future holds for my writing career, but I do know that I will never stop writing my stories in the way only I can write them. GrubStreet gave me confidence in that."

— Joanna Kim, 2018-2019 Anita Shreve Emerging Writer Fellow

In a Nutshell

The Emerging Writer Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing three writers per year tuition-free access to GrubStreet’s classes and two Muse & the Marketplace summits. Over the course of one year, each Emerging Writer Fellow will attend a combination of seminars and multi-week courses of their choosing, along with a wide selection of Muse & The Marketplace programming, in order to enhance their understanding of craft and the publishing industry.

To learn more, see below and also check out, “My Big Debt to GrubStreet? Grub is Compass and Lifesaver,” by first-time Emerging Fellowship recipient, Shawnna Thomas.

The 2023-2024 Emerging Writer Fellowship application is now open! Applications are due by Monday, March 13th, 2023 at 11:59PM (EST). Click here to apply!

We hope that this year's fellows will be able to join us in-person for classes and events. Priority will be given to applicants who will be able to join us in Boston.


The Emerging Writer Fellowship will be awarded to three writers who demonstrate a passion for writing, a commitment to developing their writing abilities, and financial need. Any person 18 and older who demonstrates ability and passion for writing is eligible.

The Emerging Writer Fellowship will provide access to each of the following:

  • 4 multi-week courses
  • 4 one-day (6hr) classes
  • 4 three-hour seminars
  • Access to a wide selection of 2023 and 2024 Muse & the Marketplace conference series programming
  • Access to GrubStreet's Education Director and/or other program staff members for quarterly (or as-needed) office hours for personalized mentorship. (Not Required) 

The fellowship year begins in May, 2023.

Who Should Apply

This fellowship is open to anyone 18 and older with a passion for writing. The fellowship specifically aims to assist writers in need of financial assistance in reaching their writing goals. We particularly encourage writers of color, ethnic minorities, those who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and other members of communities historically underrepresented by the literary community to apply.

Why We Created This Fellowship

Over the years, GrubStreet encountered more and more people who loved to write but didn't have the money to invest in a creative writing education that would help advance their craft or give them a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world. As part of its mission to make sure that voices of every type and talent are heard, GrubStreet developed the Emerging Writer Fellowship to eliminate some of the financial barriers to entry. Through this program, we hope to connect writers to a literary world – a world made richer and more relevant with the contribution of these voices. 

In the program's first year, we were able to offer one fellowship to one student. As of the 2018-2019 cycle, we are able to offer a second fellowship in memory of novelist Anita Shreve, longtime board member and dear friend of GrubStreet. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we will now be offering three fellowships in the 2021-2022 cycle. 

How to Apply

The Emerging Writer Fellowship Application Form will require the following:

  • A sample of your writing that demonstrates your artistic style and voice. 5-10 pages for prose, screenwriting, or playwriting. 3-7 pages for poetry.

  • A personal statement -- no more than 500 words please! -- which should include the following:

    • How you envision using the fellowship.
    • A description of your relationship to writing. By this we mean: what excites you about it? What does it mean to you personally?
    • How the fellowship will help you in your growth and success as a writer. 
    • Your writing and workshop history (Note: Prior workshop experience at GrubStreet is not required).

Important Dates

  • The 2022-2023 Emerging Writer Fellowship Application is now open! Click here to apply!

  • The application deadline is Monday, March 13th, by 11:59PM EST. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. 

  • The Fellowship year begins in May, 2023.

  • All applicants can expect to hear back by early May, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Do I need to have a college degree to qualify for this fellowship?
No! The fellowship is open to anyone with a dedication and passion for writing, regardless of education level. If you are committed to your personal growth as a writer, then apply!

If I win this fellowship, do I have to quit my job? Are the classes full time?
The short answer is no. Our flexible class schedule is designed to work around people’s jobs! We offer classes in the morning, evening, and on weekends that you can choose from. However, we do expect the fellows to take full advantage of the courses, as well as attend our Muse & the Marketplace Conference, so you should plan for and commit to a steady amount of writing, homework, and immersion in GrubStreet’s community throughout the fellowship year.

What if I came to writing later in life? Is there an age restriction to this fellowship?
There’s no age restriction for the fellowship! Adult students at GrubStreet range from 18-year-olds to folks over 80. The fellowship is open to the same range of ages.

Are any genres preferred?
We are open to all genres of writing. Current and previous fellows have taken courses in short fiction, novel, nonfiction, magical realism, sci-fi & fantasy, and screenwriting, among others. However, applications that show a cohesive vision of how the applicant would take advantage of the classes to develop their work tend to stand out during our decision-making process.

Other Questions?

If you have specific questions about the Emerging Writer Fellowship, email [email protected] or call the office anytime at 617.695.0075.

Our Current Fellows: 



Antonia Yang is a multi-medium creative who was born in New Orleans, raised in Han Dan, China, and grew up in Boston, MA. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2014, where she studied filmmaking and applied mathematics. Antonia loves to explore intersections between disciplines, cultures, and generations through painting, film, and fiction. In 2021, she was awarded an Author Fellowship at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Conference. Antonia currently works in biotech marketing. She resides in Somerville, MA with her 10-year-old cockapoo, and is working on her first novel. Find her on Instagram at: @antonstingly119.


What are you most excited about with this fellowship?

I am most excited about developing long lasting relationships with the community of mentors and fellows I’ll get to interact with throughout this fellowship.



Destiny Lopez (she/her) is a partially deaf, Puerto Rican storyteller that is passionate about amplifying marginalized voices. Her work, which has been featured in Teen Vogue and Bustle, reflects on disability, generational trauma and marianismo. When she isn’t writing, Destiny works in the non-profit sector, organizing unscripted events on topics such as disability arts and racial justice. In true Taurus fashion, she often procrastinates finishing her latest draft by reading a good book, binge-watching a new show or spending time with her three nieces. You can find her sharing anecdotes about her fabulous Wela and other relatives on Twitter and Instagram at @cafeconlactaid.


What are you most excited about with this fellowship?

I am most excited to fine-tune my passion into a craft while building community with and learning from other writers! 



Anasazi Chavez writes stories about family mythology. She was born in Fresno, California and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Anasazi attended Mills College in Oakland, California. She currently lives in Massachusetts. 


What are you most excited about with this fellowship?

I am thrilled to grow as a writer with GrubStreet. I’m so excited for the opportunity to work and learn with others in the GrubStreet community.

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