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Fellowships to USA Published Writers for Career Advancement in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Fellowships

GrantWatch ID# 178745
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
CFDA Number: 45.024
Funding or PIN Number: 2023NEA03LFCW
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/08/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of $25,000 to USA published writers demonstrating artistic excellence to dedicate time to creative literary pursuits and professional advancement. Applicants must pre-register prior to applying. Applications are currently invited in the category of prose (fiction and creative nonfiction).

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript. Through this program, the NEA seeks to sustain and nurture a diverse range of creative writers at various stages of their careers and to continue to expand the portfolio of American art.

This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. In 2023 applications in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) are being accepted.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria
You are eligible to apply in Prose if you meet the following requirements:
- You are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- You have not received two or more Fellowships (in poetry, prose, or translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts. If you have received any award from the National Endowment for the Arts, you must have submitted acceptable Final Reports to the NEA by their due date(s).
- You have not received any National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship on or after January 1, 2015 (FY 2015).
- This is your only application to the NEA for FY 2024 individual support. You may not apply for both a Literature Fellowship under this deadline and a Translation Project under the January 12, 2023 deadline.
- You have had published, between January 1, 2016, and March 8, 2023:
-- At least five (5) different short stories, works of short fiction, excerpts from novels or memoirs, or creative essays (or any combination thereof) in two or more literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or publications that regularly include fiction and/or creative nonfiction as a portion of their content; or
-- A novel or novella; or
-- A volume of short fiction or a collection of short stories; or
-- A volume of creative nonfiction.
-- Work must have been published for the first time with an eligible publisher between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period. Eligible publishers have a competitive selection process and offer some service or services to their writers, such as editing and proofreading; formatting and design; and/or promotion, marketing, and distribution. Student-led publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution are not eligible.
-- You may use digital, audio, or online publications to establish eligibility, provided that the publisher has a competitive selection process and offers professional editing. If the online publication or website no longer exists, you must provide, upon request, sufficient evidence that your work once appeared online. If sufficient evidence cannot be provided, the online publication will not be eligible.

The following content may not be used to establish eligibility:
- Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader's copies.
- Work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff.
- Collaborative work.
- Scholarly writing.
- Instructional writing.
- News Reporting.
- Book reviews.
- Editorials/letters to the editor.
- Interviews.

Not Funded:
- Individuals who previously have received two or more Literature Fellowships (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Individuals who have received any Literature Fellowship (in poetry or prose) or Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts on or after January 1, 2015.
- News reporting.
- Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
- Work toward academic degrees.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Deadline: March 8, 2023
- Earliest Announcement of Grant Award of Rejection: December 2023
- Earliest Start Date for NEA Period of Performance: January 1, 2024

Applications must be submitted electronically through, the federal government’s online application system. The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 8, 2023.

It is strongly recommended that you submit your application no later than March 3, 2023 to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems you might encounter.

Before submitting an application to the NEA, you must register or renew your registration with and It is your responsibility to create and maintain this registration. Registration is a one-time process, which can take a day or more to complete. To allow time to resolve any issues that may arise, we strongly advise that you do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register. You will not be able to submit your application if you fail to successfully register with and


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Estimated Size of Grant
Fellowships are for $25,000.

Term of Contract
Support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2024, and January 1, 2025, and extend for up to two years.

Contact Information
If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literary Arts staff at 202-682-5034 or email

The Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-518-4726 or

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Washington, DC, 20506

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