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 two writers per year tuition-free access to GrubStreet’s classes and Muse & the Marketplace conferences. Over the course of one year, each Emerging Writer Fellow will attend a combination of seminars and multi-week courses of their choosing, bookended by attendance at both the 2020 and the 2021 Muse & the Marketplace conference, 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 2020 Fellowship application period will open in January 2020.


The Emerging Writer Fellowship will be awarded to two 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 two writers access to each of the following:

  • 4 multi-week courses
  • 4 one-day (6hr) classes
  • 4 three-hour seminars
  • 3-day pass to the 2019 and 2020 Muse & the Marketplace conferences
  • Access to GrubStreet's Artistic Director and/or other program staff members for quarterly (or as-needed) office hours for personalized mentorship. (Not Required) 

The fellowship year begins at the 2020 Muse & the Marketplace conference and culminates in attendance at the 2021 Muse & the Marketplace.

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. 

How to Apply

The Emerging Writer Fellowship Application Form will go live in January 2020 and 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:

    • 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

  • Application opens in January 2020.

  • More details about the award will be posted once the application period opens.

  • The Fellowship year begins at the Muse & the Marketplace Conference on April 3rd - 5th, 2020.