California + New England: 2 Writing Fellowships to Apply for Now in Honor of Robert Frost + John Steinbeck

The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six-to-eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and which serves as a museum and conference center.

The residency period begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College.

The recipient of the Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College. There are no other specific obligations. We hope that the residency offers space and time for significant poetic work.

Accommodations are spartan, but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, but the resident poet has sole use of non-public rooms of the house.

The aim of this program is to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.

To be eligible, applicants must have published at least one full-length collection of poetry at the time of submission.

Visit The Frost Place for Frequently Asked Questions.

$28 entry fee. Submission period: October 1, 2016 – January 5, 2017.


$10,000 Steinbeck Fellows Program – San José State University

Applications are currently being accepted for the Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University. The program offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU.

The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the University’s creative writing program. While the program in named in honor of John Steinbeck, there does not need to be any direct connection between Steinbeck’s works and that of the applicant.

One-year fellowships, each with a stipend of US$10,000, are open to writers of fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography. Applicants do no need to be U.S. citizens. Two or three fellowships are awarded each year and there is no application fee. Writers may not be enrolled in an academic degree program during the fellowship period.

The selected fellows must give a public reading once each semester during the fellowship and are expected to live in the San José/San Francisco Bay area during the academic year (approximately September 1, 2017 – May 20, 2018).

To apply writers must provide:

  • a proposal or prospectus for the work to be written (one to three pages including basic timeline)
  • a resumé
  • three letters of recommendation (due by 31 January)
  • a writing sample of no more than 25 pages

Free to apply by January 2, 2017. For further details and to apply visit the The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies website.


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