Fellowships

Will YOU be the Winner? Writing Contest and Fellowship

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Winning a book award for your self-published fiction or nonfiction book is a great way to gain recognition and approval.
You will not only see an increase your book sales – provided you market it well – you also can add the award sticker to your cover and mention the achievement on your back cover, in your books’ description, and in all your marketing and promotions – online or offline.

Here are two opportunities for writers: either to study Creative Writing one year for free in Ames, Iowa – or for Canadian writers to apply for an Award in fiction, history or poetry writing.
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$16,200 Fellowship in Iowa
Iowa State University’s three-year MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment emphasizes study in creative writing—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama—that encourages writers to identify and explore in their stories and lyric impressions the complex influences of place, the natural world, and the environmental imagination.

The fellowship offers a talented writer ONE academic year to study creative writing full time at Iowa State University and to focus on his / her creative work without distraction.  
The fellowship is granted for a nine-month academic year and currently carries a stipend of $1,800 per month – $16,200 total – in addition to full payment of university tuition and fees during the fellowship year.  Applicants to the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship may major in any discipline at Iowa State University.

However, the Fellowship is designed for students interested in studying creative writing in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment.  Pearl Hogrefe Fellows are required to maintain full-time graduate status and take a minimum of six semester credits of graduate work in Creative Writing during the fellowship year.  Fellowship support is contingent upon the student maintaining satisfactory grades. Deadline to apply for the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing is January 5, 2016.

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Canadian Authors: Submit for these Writing Contests

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Fiction
For: a full-length novel
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $40
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Canadian History
For: a work of historical non-fiction on a Canadian topic
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $40
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Poetry
For: a volume of poetry by one poet
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $40
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Criteria for the above literary awards at CanadianAuthor.org

  • The entry must have been first published in 2015.
  • Publication may have taken place outside Canada.
  • Entries must be full-length English-language literature for adults written by a single author. (Exception: books co-written by two or more authors are permissible in the Fiction and Canadian History categories.)

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Most awards call for entries every year, so if the competition is closed for this year, mark your calendar for next years’ contest call.   Entering a writing contest, means you will gain experience, and you will get feedback on your writing. It boosts your self-confidence, which in turn encourages you to write more.
Good luck to all of you who participate in writing contests!

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