Fellowships available for writing retreat for women of color

Jack Jones Literary Arts is hosting its second annual writing retreat at Blue Sky Retreat, Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held October 13- 27, 2018, and is open exclusively to women of color. Jenna Wortham joins us as our 2018 Writer-in-Residence.

As part of the retreat experience, Jack Jones is featuring daily Skype master classes with agents, editors and acclaimed women in publishing to promote networking, learning and engagement. These sessions are mandatory for retreat participants.

Housing includes individual writing suites with private bedroom, private baths, communal fireplaces, writing areas, wifi, and all meals are provided.

Professional and emerging women writers of color at work on book projects are eligible for residencies. Women with and without MFAs are eligible, and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a degree program are now eligible to apply for a fellowship. Unfortunately, the Blue Sky Retreat grounds do not support wheelchairs or walkers. We are making every effort to secure a location for 2019 that is both cost-effective and accessible.

To apply to the Jack Jones Literary Arts writing retreat, please fill out our online application. The application includes a project proposal, a reference and the writing sample. The  non-refundable application processing fee is $35 and can be paid by PayPal, debit or credit card. If you have any questions concerning the residency, please consult our FAQsPlease do not call our offices regarding the retreat. Your call will not be returned.

We are pleased to offer seventeen fully-funded scholarship opportunities. All reference letters need to be submitted by the application deadline. For fellowships that require income verification, you will need to provide your tax documentation once you are a finalist. No tax documentation is necessary if you do not make it to the final round. Please read the eligibility guidelines carefully. The application deadline is Sunday April 1, 2018 midnight/PST and recommendation letters need to be received by April 1, 2018 midnight/PST. Acceptance notifications will be mailed out through June 1, 2018.

Arrival at the retreat is Saturday, October 13, 2018 and departure is Saturday October 27, 2018.

The application process is highly competitive; please submit your strongest work and complete the application carefully.


THE FELLOWSHIPS

The Roxane Gay Fellowships
We are grateful to Roxane Gay, author of Not that Bad, How to be Heard, Difficult Women, Hunger, Bad Feminist, An Untamed State and Ayiti for fully funding these opportunities.

Fellowship one covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color writing fiction. This fellowship includes a $500 travel reimbursement.

Fellowship two covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color writing nonfiction. This fellowship includes a $500 travel reimbursement.

Fellowship three covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color with financial need writing prose. This fellowship includes a $500 travel reimbursement. For the purposes of this application, financial need is defined as earning $40,000 or less for the previous tax year.  Need will be demonstrated at the finalist round.

Fellowship four covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color with financial  need writing poetry. This fellowship includes a $500 travel reimbursement. For the purposes of this application, financial need is defined as earning $40,000 or less for the previous tax year.  Need will be demonstrated at the finalist round.

 

The Yi Dae Up Fellowships
We are grateful to novelist Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and Queen of the Night, for fully funding these opportunities. Alexander has named this scholarship in memory of his late grandmother, Yi Dae Up, who began practicing the art of Chinese calligraphy in middle age after raising seven children, deferring her practice for marriage and family, and then going on to win national prizes for her art.” This fellowship is open to women writers of Asian American descent, and Asian immigrant women writers, writing prose,  and with the intention of encouraging older women to apply but not limited to them. Two awards will be granted: one in nonfiction and one in fiction.

These fellowships covers the full retreat attendance rate and include a $500 travel stipend.

 

The Writers of Immigration and Diaspora Fellowship
We are grateful to novelist Yoojin Grace Wuertz, author of Everything Belongs to Us, for fully funding this opportunity.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate and includes a $500 travel stipend for a woman of color writing fiction who is an immigrant or child of immigrants.

 

The Julia de Burgos Fellowship
We are  grateful to poets Eduardo Corral, author of Slow Lightning, and Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of  Butterfly Boy and other titles, for fully funding this opportunity. Thank you to Julie Turshen, author of  Feed the Resistance, for donating travel.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate and includes a $500 travel stipend for a Latina poet.

The Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East Fellowship
We are grateful to 2017 Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat fellow Mona Chalabi and Kate Spencer and Doree Shafrir of Forever35 Podcast for fully funding this opportunity. Many thanks to Ellen Hagan, author of Hemisphere for donating travel.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for an Arab woman/ woman of the Middle East writing prose. This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend.

 

The Glendora Dunbar Fellowship
We are grateful to novelist Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, for fully funding this opportunity, and to friend and literary advocate Dwayne Betts, author of Bastards of  the Reagan Era and numerous other titlesfor providing a $500 travel stipend. Angela has named this scholarship in memory of her late grandmother.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for an African American woman writing fiction and includes a $500 travel stipend.

 

The Audre Lorde Fellowship
We are grateful to an anonymous donor for fully funding this opportunity because of the impact Lorde’s The Cancer Journals had on his life and work. This fellowship includes a  travel stipend donated by novelist Lauren Francis-Sharma, author of ‘Til  the Well Runs Dry.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a black woman writer 30 or over writing poetry and includes a $500 travel stipend.

 

The Sylvia Rivera Fellowship
We are grateful to 2017 Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat fellow Meredith Ramirez Talusan, Executive Editor of them, for fully funding this opportunity. This fellowship does not include a travel stipend.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a trans woman of  color writing prose. This fellowship does not include a travel stipend.

The Octavia Butler Fellowship for a Genre Writer
We are grateful to Olivia A. Cole, author of A Conspiracy of Stars and the Panther in the Hive series, for fully funding this opportunity.  This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend donated by friend and client Rion Amilcar Scott, author of Insurrections.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a woman of color prose writer working in speculative, scifi, horror or mystery. This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend.

The Natalie Diaz Fellowship for a Native/Indigenous Writer
Thank you to Natalie Diaz, author of  When My Brother Was an Aztec, for fully funding this opportunity. This fellowship includes a travel stipend donated by 2017 Jack Jones Literary Arts retreat fellow Conley Lyons.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a Native/Indigenous woman writer working in any genre and includes a $500 travel stipend.

The Petra Mattos Ramos Fellowship for an Afro Latina Prose Writer
Jaquira Diaz fully funded this opportunity in honor of her late grandmother. This fellowship includes travel thanks to an anonymous donor.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for an Afro Latina prose writer  and includes a $500 travel stipend.

The Jack Jones Literary Arts Fellowship for an Undocumented Poet
Jack Jones Literary Arts fully -funded this opportunity. We are grateful to poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Oceanic and other titles, for providing travel.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for an undocumented woman of  color poet. This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend.

Black Daughter of  the American South Fellowship
Jack Jones Literary Arts fully funded this opportunity.  A special thank you to novelist Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, for donating travel.

This fellowship covers the full retreat attendance rate for a black woman prose writer from  the South, or whose work centers the American South. Quoting our friends at Oxford American, we are looking for a writing that “documents the complexity and vitality of the American South.”  This fellowship includes a $500 travel stipend.

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