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10 Literary Scholarship, Residency, and Grant Opportunities in March

By NmaHassan Muhammad

The following opportunities have different requirements and limitations, so please read the details carefully before submitting. We wish our readers the best of luck!

Highlights Foundation New Scholarships

Highlights Foundation have put a new, streamlined process in place for scholarship applications and will award more than $75,000 in scholarships in 2022. The application period is open to all aspiring and published storytellers. The awards will be made as follows: 25 full tuition scholarships and 20 partial tuition scholarships for workshops that take place at the Highlights Foundation Retreat Center, 30 full tuition scholarships for online courses, and 15 scholarships for personal retreats at the Highlights Foundation Retreat Center. Recipients will be notified in April, and will choose the workshop or retreat that meets their interests during the 2022 or 2023 program seasons. Awards will be based on the following criteria, evaluated by a scholarship committee via the application: seriousness of purpose (including time and effort devoted to craft), talent (displayed via a writing or art sample), and financial need.

Deadline is March 13, 2022.

For details, go here.

Future Art Writers Award

The Future Art Writers Award calls for U.S. art writers of all ages and professional backgrounds to submit an abstract (of about 250 words) on an essay/review/feature that they propose writing on the Future Art Awards: Ecosystem X Virtual Exhibition — with a focus on the art on view and this cycle’s theme ‘Ecosystem X’.

Up to six $2,000 grants will be issued to submitting writers that demonstrate an original and compelling point of view in their proposed piece which will be published in the 2nd Edition of the MOZAIK E-ZINE.

Proposed literary projects can address general and specialized art audiences. Writers working on experimental or non-traditional arts writing as well as BIPOC and other historically marginalized or underserved art writers are encouraged to apply.

Deadline is March 15, 2022.

For details, go here.

Creative Ageing Writing Bursary 2022

The Age & Opportunity is calling for applications to its Creative Ageing Writing Bursary which aims to generate discussion, debate and knowledge about creative ageing (the arts and older people/ageing) in Ireland. The essay/reflection is intended to be useful for people who work with or are thinking of working with older people (including older artists).

One award of €1,000 will be made to the successful applicant.

Deadline is March 25, 2022.

For details, go here.

Alpine Fellowship Poetry Prize

Alpine Fellowship Poetry Prize is open to poets of all nationalities aged 18 and above. It is awarded for the best poetry on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2022 – Freedom. Applicants may submit one poem or a collection of poems as long as ALL the poems in the collection speak to the theme of Freedom, and are written in English.

The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize and will be invited to their symposium. Runners up will be invited to attend the symposium and travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a total of £500. All food and accommodation will be covered.

Deadline is April 1, 2022.

For details, go here.

(Please note that other Alpine Fellowships exist here for theatre, writing, visual arts, and academic writing, and that applicants can apply to more than one fellowship)

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

The Iowa Scholarship for the Arts supports the development of outstanding high school seniors who excel in the arts and are enrolled in accredited educational programs leading to careers in the arts. Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 are awarded to support 2022-2023 academic year tuition expenses at Iowa colleges or universities.

To be eligible, the applicant must be an Iowa resident who will graduate from an Iowa high school during the 2021-2022 school year and be accepted as a full-time undergraduate student at a fully-accredited Iowa college or university with a major in at least one of the following arts areas: animation, architecture, creative writing, dance, English, fashion, fine arts education, folk & traditional arts, graphic design, literature, media arts, music, theatre or visual arts. Immediate family members or dependent children of Iowa Arts Council board and staff are not eligible.

Deadline is April 1, 2022.

For details, go here.

U.S. Writers Aid Initiative

The U.S. Writers Aid Initiative is intended to assist fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists. To be eligible, applicants must be based in the United States, be professional writers, and be able to demonstrate that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation. The fund is limited and grant decisions are made on a periodic basis. Writers do not have to be members of PEN America to receive a grant, but all recipients of emergency funding will be given a complimentary one-year PEN America membership. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed on or about the following dates in 2022: April 1, 2022; June 1, 2022; August 1, 2022; October 1, 2022; and December 1, 2022.

For details, go here.

2022 Ann Whitford Paul Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award

The Ann Whitford Paul – Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award is an annual award given to a Most Promising Picture Book manuscript. Winners will be selected in two categories: Fiction and Nonfiction. The two winners will each receive a $1000 grant to encourage the development of an excellent picture book manuscript. To apply, an applicant must be a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) with picture books who are not under contract and/or have not sold a picture book manuscript in the last five years.

Deadline is April 10, 2022.

For details, go here.

Ella T. Grasso Literary Scholarship

UNICO Foundation will award $1,000 in literary scholarship to students currently in college and/or graduate school. To be eligible, an applicant must be an Italian of U.S. citizenship, attend a university, a four-year college or two-year college of full-time study. It is restricted to residents of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Deadline is April 15, 2022.

For details, go here.

BAC Fall 2022 Multi-disciplinary Residency

Bethany Arts Community (BAC) offers residencies to emerging and established artists for the development of both new works and works-in-progress. BAC welcomes artists working across most disciplines, including visual artists in any medium, writers, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and lighting, projection, costume and sound designers.

The two-weeks Multidisciplinary Residency includes room, board and $225 stipend per week, with two options being offered: September 9–24, 2022 or October 11–23, 2022.

Deadline is April 15, 2022.

For details, go here.

2023 The Bard Fiction Prize

The Bard Fiction Prize is open for 2023 applications. It is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a $30,000 cash award, the winner receives an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.

The prize is intended to encourage and support young writers of fiction, and provide them with an opportunity to work in a fertile intellectual environment. To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard College and submit a CV, along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted.

Deadline is June 15, 2022.

For details, go here.


Bio: NmaHassan Muhammad writes from Minna, Nigeria. He’s working on four collections of Haiku poems in Nupe, Hausa, Pidgin English and English, in memorial of his three-year-old son Abdullateef Hamood who died in a tragic fire accident on November 3, 2021. Two poems appeared recently in The Writers and Readers’ Magazine.

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